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Other Hunting => Turkey Hunting => Topic started by: NavyChief08 on January 03, 2018, 01:27:52 AM

Title: Turkey Problem
Post by: NavyChief08 on January 03, 2018, 01:27:52 AM
Ok so this is going to sound dumb as *censored* especially since I'm a hunter, but what the hell do you do if you have a huge turkey problem on your property. I own 15 acres north of Kettle Falls and at last count I have 64 turkeys. These things don't move if a shoot a .22 or a 12 gauge to scare them off. I can literally walk 10 feet up to these damn birds before they decide to move along.

Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: NavyChief08 on January 03, 2018, 01:29:47 AM
And yes the deer blocks are gone but these birds have not left.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: huntnphool on January 03, 2018, 01:33:23 AM
 Allow hunters to hunt them, specifically youth.

 If you don't allow hunting then you will get little sympathy from this site. :twocents:
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: NavyChief08 on January 03, 2018, 01:48:53 AM
That's a great idea to let youth hunters bag them.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: biggfish on January 03, 2018, 03:56:10 AM
My uncle has the same problem, merriams really took to introduction, I read an article that turkeys are all over cities now like raccoons near Spokane. I'm sure youth hunters (and their parents) would love hunting opportunities.

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Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Russ McDonald on January 03, 2018, 05:17:45 AM
Once they know where food was like your deer blocks they will flock to the same spot.  If you want pm me.  I a volunteer with the NWTF at the state level and have some good contacts for youth our first time hunters to help you out.   

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Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: jennabug on January 03, 2018, 07:42:09 AM
Yep, I agree... let some first time hunters have a crack at them. WDFW has a mentored hunt program for new hunters, as well as NWTF.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Man Tracker on January 03, 2018, 05:13:44 PM
You might also try DFW and see if you can get a depredation permit to thin them out a bit.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: ghosthunter on January 03, 2018, 05:25:59 PM
I have a 15 year old grandson who would love to blast one for you. :tup:
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on January 03, 2018, 05:27:29 PM
You could live always live trap those pesky birds and relocate them to say, my property on the west side of the big mountains.  I'd figure out some way to deal with them  ;).  Just kidding (maybe).. no really, just kidding.  Work with Russ McDonald and see what can be done/allowed by the state for youth hunting... that is if Mrs. NavyChief08 will tolerate feathers a' flying on your property? 
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: NavyChief08 on January 03, 2018, 05:29:54 PM
Gave them a call Man Tracker this afternoon. Their reply was "Since I don't have crop planted and there is no damage to land not much can be done.....Well duh no crops planted there is a foot and a half of snow on the ground here...lol. If they are still around before the youth season I'll get in contact with people and let young hunters fill their tags. Always great seeing young kids out hunting.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: follow maggie on January 03, 2018, 08:27:47 PM
Awesome idea to let kids hunt them!
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Stein on January 03, 2018, 08:48:45 PM
I have two munchkins that would be more than happy to help out during the youth opener.  They would even bring a couple bags of excellent cookies.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: jennabug on January 04, 2018, 06:55:12 AM
Please don't forget the first time adult hunters. Most are starting out on their own and don't get the advantage of family guidance or youth seasons.  ;)
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Gringo31 on January 04, 2018, 01:06:45 PM
The youth idea is GREAT!


but.....


It's only helpful during certain times of the year.  If you really want them gone, I suggest a dog.  :twocents:
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: HuntinCrazy on February 07, 2018, 02:42:03 PM
I've got the same issue.....and love it!quote author=NavyChief08 link=topic=222807.msg2963667#msg2963667 date=1514971672]
Ok so this is going to sound dumb as *censored* especially since I'm a hunter, but what the hell do you do if you have a huge turkey problem on your property. I own 15 acres north of Kettle Falls and at last count I have 64 turkeys. These things don't move if a shoot a .22 or a 12 gauge to scare them off. I can literally walk 10 feet up to these damn birds before they decide to move along.


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Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Netminder01 on February 07, 2018, 03:07:50 PM
Youth hunt - great idea!

As a backup, I have a friend looking to do his first archery turkey hunt. I'd be happy to drive him over and sit with him but kids first!
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: h20hunter on February 07, 2018, 03:13:49 PM
Youth, vet or active service,  newbies etc. Blast em!
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Mfowl on February 07, 2018, 03:26:23 PM
You could also enlist some people for the fall/winter season (next year) and try to put some fear in them before they decide your place is a good spot to spend the winter.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Dick in the Dirt on February 07, 2018, 03:44:03 PM
Check with Wildlife, girl friends parent ranch has the same problem. Family members have no limit and non family must buy tags. Limit two. Our SSS
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: nwwanderer on February 07, 2018, 04:31:17 PM
Common problem, crop damage, aggression, hay stack damage, go with h20hunter, all available seasons and tags.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: NRA4LIFE on February 07, 2018, 05:03:58 PM
I'd be more than happy to take care of some of that problem.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: kevinlisa06 on February 07, 2018, 06:44:11 PM
Kids and veterans and older hunter would love to hunt that Im sure.


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Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: lewy on February 07, 2018, 06:48:41 PM
What are they hurting? They are just trying to winter like everything else
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: hunter399 on February 07, 2018, 08:23:21 PM
What are they hurting? They are just trying to winter like everything else
You must not ever had a turkey problem,they poop everywhere,step in it ,every time you go out,then drag it back in your house not good.I have turkey in my yard every winter , but I live in town so no hunting sucks.

Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: jnordwell on March 04, 2018, 08:11:23 AM
That would be a good thing for youth hunters. My son went out last year first time and I got some rude people when asked for some permission for him only. We never did shoot a single shot last year. This year Im gonna try and get his sister in on the mentoring program. Maybe with 2 kids I might be able to get it done. Gotta love the wild pets some people get.. glad to see you are different.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: hhack on March 04, 2018, 08:22:46 AM
Since this America  and capitalism rules Id charge an access fee. Forget haveing inexperienced hunters shooting close to your house  it s an unnessary liability. 50 bucks a bird seems about right.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Elektrojunge on March 04, 2018, 04:22:22 PM
As someone whos only hunted for Turkey once and is currently looking for opportunities for spring, this sounds awesome. I know m, maybe not a real hunt but a great opportunity to bag one bird, and practice skinning/gutting.

Feel free to send me a message. :)
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Bill W on March 04, 2018, 04:51:12 PM
Youth, vet or active service,  newbies etc. Blast em!

you forgot seniors...
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Scheindogg on March 04, 2018, 05:48:35 PM
Brand new hunter here, never been for turkey before but am responsible and respectful.
Pm sent
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: KFhunter on March 04, 2018, 05:55:24 PM
I keep a dog, the dog keeps the turkeys at a comfortable distance from the house.  A high energy dog is recommenced, Brittany's seem to work well for this  8)
Turkeys are smart though, they'll walk right by the dogs fence line taunting the dog, but soon as I open the gate to the yard the turkeys are gone  *poof*

They are entertaining if you set the place up properly to deal with having them around and good manic dog works wonders, even keeps the wood peckers off my cedar siding.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: bowhunterforever on March 05, 2018, 04:39:01 PM
Youth, vet or active service,  newbies etc. Blast em!

you forgot seniors...
:yeah: And disabled hunters
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: steeleywhopper on March 05, 2018, 05:41:33 PM
I have a neice that has had to miss the last 2 hunting seasons due to schooling that would love to come and break in her new 20 gauge. :tup:
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Masnell on March 11, 2018, 09:02:08 AM
I just made a post on a spot in central wa. to see if it is worth taking my daughter there for youth. If you are willing, I will make the drive so she can hopefully clear a couple off your property during the two youth days. Or, check out "outdoors for our heros" they take out disabled vets on hunts. Great program based out of Olympia.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Northwesoutdoor on March 11, 2018, 10:03:39 AM
I'll be there April 15? Lol
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: NavyChief08 on March 24, 2018, 12:52:36 AM
Hey guys and gals,

Just an update. We had a couple of Cougars and a bob cat around for the last couple of weeks and this winter so they pushed the birds pretty good out of the area. My neighbors haven't even seen them which is unusual. If they are spotted in the coming days and weeks I'll be sure to post on here.

Wish everyone the best of luck and hopefully some will show up.
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: Huntingtony on March 28, 2018, 01:10:08 AM
My fiance has yet to have her first kill and would love it!
Title: Re: Turkey Problem
Post by: bronczilla on April 11, 2018, 06:45:12 PM
My 2 sons are wanting to get their first Turkeys this season, we missed youth hunt due to scheduling issues. One is 11yo and the other is 16yo. Let me know if you are letting youth hunt on your property, looking to get out that way in a couple weeks. We live on the west side, Arlington.