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Offline EmeraldBullet

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Don't get discouraged
« on: April 18, 2017, 03:59:01 PM »
Been reading up on turkey hunting in our state and apparently there's just under 12,000 turkey hunters in a given year, around 3,400 of them successfully harvest a turkey. That's just over 1/3 of hunters that tried in our state. Now I live on the west side, and less than 50 turkeys in total get harvested on the west side per year. I only get 1 day off a week so I can only hunt here. I failed to get one today but will try again next week, after seeing the numbers I am not too optimistic about getting one this year but also wont be discouraged. Good luck everyone!

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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 04:04:05 PM »
Have you seen them in the West side?  That's a start.

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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 04:35:09 PM »
Not this year. Where I live right now you wouldn't see them, and I work 6 days, 60 hours a week...Last year I saw some in Whatcom County.

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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2017, 11:00:49 PM »
I feel your pain, I went out last weekend with no luck hopefully going again this Thursday to try and harvest my first turkey. Either way just being out there is more than I could have ever asked. I have always wanted to get into hunting and I'm living the dream. Stay positive and good luck to you!!

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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2017, 06:35:33 AM »
2015 numbers on the WDFW website. 12,044 hunters killed 4561 birds.  That is just shy of 38%  That number is huge, you ever look at the success number for elk in this state?  I will give you that there are not many birds on the coast, but the kill rate is almost 50% in the NE. 

 Next weekend you get off work  at 4, drive 6 hours sleep in the truck shoot a bird, take a nap, and drive home.

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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2017, 09:02:29 AM »
I have never shot any of my birds on opening weekend. its all about playing the long game. They have to be perfect all the time you just have to be perfect once. Hunt hard and shoot straight  :tup:

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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2017, 09:06:04 AM »
Have you seen them in the West side?  That's a start.

Dang saw 5 toms and 1 hen opening day but the didn't want to play on the westside.

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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2017, 09:42:31 AM »
Most years I don't even go out opening week, gets better later on anyways IMHO.
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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2017, 06:31:56 PM »
I went middle of March last year and saw a lot of birds.
About 5 missed opportunities for various reasons

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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2017, 09:35:06 PM »
I went middle of March last year and saw a lot of birds.
About 5 missed opportunities for various reasons

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Probably low pressure in March?
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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2017, 12:21:42 PM »
I went middle of March last year and saw a lot of birds.
About 5 missed opportunities for various reasons

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Which state?  If you were in WA I bet you had the woods to yourself since you were a month early.  :) :)
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Re: Don't get discouraged
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2017, 12:53:45 PM »
I went middle of March last year and saw a lot of birds.
About 5 missed opportunities for various reasons

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Which state?  If you were in WA I bet you had the woods to yourself since you were a month early.  :) :)

I see what you did there.......... :chuckle:
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