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Turkeys in Western Washington?
« on: November 18, 2019, 09:43:00 AM »
Now that deer season is over, I'm looking ahead to maybe hunting turkeys this spring. Everything I come across though only talks about turkeys in Eastern Wa. Do turkeys even exist in Western Washington or do I have to head east?

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Re: Turkeys in Western Washington?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2019, 11:20:34 AM »
Thank you!

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Re: Turkeys in Western Washington?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2019, 06:58:20 PM »
A wise man once said forgiveness is divine . . . But never tell anyone about turkey in Western Washington. That being said there are many excellent multipage posts about the topic. I've probably read the entire turkey board over the years while getting ready for the spring seasons. If you start now you should be able to track down really good info.
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Re: Turkeys in Western Washington?
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2019, 04:12:29 AM »
They are there just not near as many as on the east side of the state.  Some of the issue is they are on timber company land where you have to pay for a permit.  Good luck.

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Re: Turkeys in Western Washington?
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2019, 11:46:07 PM »
Can't pass it up.  So according to the map, there's nothing but eastern turkeys in Western Washington.  Ba dum bump...

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Re: Turkeys in Western Washington?
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2019, 04:05:28 AM »
Can't pass it up.  So according to the map, there's nothing but eastern turkeys in Western Washington.  Ba dum bump...
Yes and no.   There are some merriams that are crossing over the passes.  Highway 2 and 90.  The population of easterns are around 300 to 400 and are in the thick timber.  They are known as the ghost bird.   They don't talk very much and will sneak right up on you and you will have no idea they are there.  Now that is compared to roughly 10000 plus merriams in this state and a estimated 5000 Rio's in the SE part of the state.

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