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Offline nw_bowhunter

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2009, 09:54:02 PM »

Machais I sent you a PM. Very nice offer. I have to say there are some pretty cool guys on hear and have offered some good advice and help. Appreciate it!

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #26 on: March 10, 2009, 09:56:25 PM »
Totally agree with both of you on that, a learning experience each and every time you go out. We have had the same luck as you NWTFHunter, with hit or miss, but no matter what, we always have a great time being in the woods.

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #27 on: March 10, 2009, 10:15:51 PM »
Absolutely !!  They will test your nerves on a daily basis !!!!

The very first time I went turkey hunting, I was taken under the wing of a skilled turkey hunter and the night before the opener we put them to bed. Feeling like the morning was going to be one of the best days....HAAAHAA.

We snuck into our spot where they had flown down the morning before and those birds didnt want anything to do with that spot come daylight.  We were quiet, and didnt make any calls prior to fly down. But they didnt want to be there. 
So, we tried another spot.  Nope they didnt want to come in at all.  We tried everything we could think of and nothing was working that morning.
And this was on private land with no pressure at all.
I have hunted them there over the years and they will change their patterns daily for no reason at all.

So if your new to it, your in for some education and mind boggeling tactics.

Oh but there is that guy who has never done it before, calls like crap, doesnt know the first thing about it and Slams his bird right out of the gate  :bash:

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #28 on: March 10, 2009, 10:19:43 PM »
NW Bowhunter you will learn more about the sport of turkey hunting with a guy like Machais than the guide you where talking about. :twocents: Machais you are a true sportman passing on the tradition of turkey hunting that's what this great sport is all about. Its not about killing a bird its about learning this great sport, spending time with family and Friends and passing on the tradition. Good luck with your hunt you will learn more in one day than just going out and killing a bird on private ground.
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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #29 on: March 10, 2009, 10:44:12 PM »
That is one of the things I am really starting to enjoy about WA turkey hunting, the birds are finally getting smarter.  I would rather go out and do battle with an old longbeard and not harvest him and come back and throw something different at him.  Just when you think you have a bird figured out they make you look like you never hunted birds before.  Tatics!! Gobblers, if they could smell you'd never kill one.  IMO.  :)

My most memborable turkey hunt was in the Ozarks of Missouri back in the mid 80s.  I roosted a bird the night before, slipped in before daylight and he was starting early, probably gobbled 60 times before I ever gave him a yelp.  Gave him a soft tree yelp and he cut me off and triple gobbled,  I slapped my hat on my leg several times and boom gobble gobble.  Then he flew down, soiunded like he was going away from me, but I knew from past experience of busting toms that sounded like they were going away when in fact they were coming right in, I sat stone still.  I gave him some yelps and bam pretty much non-stop gobbling as he headed in.  I had a decoy out, I was sitting at the end of a long ridge, and he was gobbling all the way in.  Just about the time I figured he was going to pop out, it got quiet.  Oh so quiet, just me and my beating heart.  I was leaned up against a huge oak, probably 4 feet wide.  I started wondering, do I call, did he see something, should I go after him, what to do, what to do!!  About 10 minutes into this quiet, I see this huge black blob materialize out of the corner of my left eye. He starts spitting and drumming from about 3 or 4 feet away.  He'd dropped off over the side of the ridge and circled around me and come in from behind me.  I was an absolute statue.  He takes a step and then I feel this beady little eye bore a hole in the side of my head.  I can seen the huge black blob is getting smaller as his feather start to come out of his strut.  Busted, I think for a second he paused and laced up his sneakers, he spun and took off running for the drop off of the ridge.  I swung up and around a little sapling and rolled him end over end about 5 feet from going over the edge.  23# pound eastern, What a hunt!!!!!
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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #30 on: March 10, 2009, 11:02:55 PM »
Nice story Fred !!

I had a Tom down in the bottom of a canyon one morning that I stubbled upon searching for a gobble while down in Cali last year.  He cut me off with a double on my first strike, so I knew he was horny.  I didnt call for about 3 minutes and he was screaming at me to locate me.  I gave him a soft purr and a couple of soft yelps and he was comming out of his feathers.  I estimated him to be about 400 yards down the canyon and I wasnt going after him !  I called once more and he blasted back, at which time I shut up completely.  He sounded off 2 more times wanting me down there but I wasnt budging.  About 5 minutes later he blasted out a gobble from the bottom and I gave him a soft yelp and he cut me off again.  I waited about 5 more minutes and gave him a cutt and yelp followed by a gobble and that guy came completely undone!  He was gobbling non stop up that hill looking to kick the crap out of that Jake that just sounded off with his girl.  It didnt take him long to come out of the bottom and about 20 yards out and still below the crest of the hill he sounded off looking for her.  I gave him one last soft yelp and one scratch and I could hear him running in the leaves.  With my gun up and waiting and waiting and waiting wondering why he wasnt in my sights, I got that feeling of him burning that eye into my head too.  Out of the corner of my eye I see him, and he strutted out.  At that time I swing to my right, and he catches me and gobbled at me!!!!! That was his last gobble as I cut him off in mid gobble.  Thats one of the ones that will last forever !!

Love turkey season !

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #31 on: March 11, 2009, 12:36:59 PM »
Is it just me or did everyone's heart start racing while reading that tale...... :IBCOOL:
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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2009, 04:34:58 PM »
I think my heart stopped last year when we were setup and 5 tom's were fighting it out below us!!  :yike:

Guided hunts can be well worth the price if you are in a new area, and don't have anyone knowable to go with.  I agree that a person has to do their homework and check references.  Last year I went on a semi-guided hunt on private land in Kansas and it was will worth the cost.  I was able to harvest a three year old Eastern the first afternoon of day one.  Washington and Oregon both have some great guided hunting if you don't have some honey holes already dialed in.
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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #33 on: March 14, 2009, 09:06:12 AM »
I would ask for last year's client's phone #'s and talk to them and I would also offer him less money and see what he would say, maybe he would cut you a deal considering economic condition's. It Be worth a try. :dunno:

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2009, 09:33:22 PM »
The majority of the Turkey hunts I have seen are $500/hunt. So I'd think $200 is fair. Most waterfowl hunts I have seen are a MINIMUM of $150+, but usually $350+ (from what I have seen).

You need to talk to the guide to find out what his guide SERVICE includes. a day without a turkey can still be worth $200 if the guide is a fun guy to hang out with, gets you into a new area to hunt, has some turkey related stuff to talk about, and a bottomless thermos of coffee.

A guide that puts you into birds but sucks on the service side will still feel over priced at $135... ask me how I know:


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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #35 on: March 16, 2009, 05:23:47 PM »
I wouldn't wast my money on a guide. There's tons of turkeys out there. Rent video's, learn to call and do your home work. Knock on farmers doors and ask to hunt.

 

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