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Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« on: March 25, 2023, 12:25:58 AM »
So I am new to the area and have a love for turkey hunting. I am originally from Wisconsin so I have been hunting turkeys for a long time now. I moved out here for work, I live in Richland and am trying to get pointed in even a (General) area that I have a chance to see turkeys. I don't mind getting out of the truck and putting some miles on but i don't want to be chasing tumbleweeds through the valley with no turkeys in a 50 mile radius either lol. Looking for some direction where I can go scout the next couple weeks to see some bird action. I have read on previous topics that Goldendale might have some birds? I noticed there is quite a bit of reservation land there so was curious if there was any action on the state side. If anyone has any advice for the new guy Id appreciate the help. I have a buddy in the Tacoma area that would join the hunt so we kind of wanted to stay on the western side as much as possible. I understand the majority of turkeys will be found in NE corner but hoping for a chance around here.

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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2023, 02:07:30 AM »
For sure plenty of birds around. Itís a long season first couple weekends sees the majority of the hunters. So might be better hunting during the week or little later in the season. There is also plenty of ground to hunt and if your keen to burn boot leather you can easily do that is klickitat county while having a fairly high population around.
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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2023, 04:39:10 AM »
Klickitat does have birds.  They is some public land to hunt i. That area.  Last week, I came home from Bend, OR I saw about 20 flocked up on some private property on the east side or Satus pass on 97.

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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2023, 05:49:17 AM »
A quick check of WDFW harvest reports will give you an idea of where people have found birds last year.
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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2023, 10:34:36 AM »
Appreciate the advice fellas,

Unfortunately a quick check of the WDFD harvest reports only show 2021 reports. A lot can change in 2 years. Not trying to get your secrete spot turkeyfeather just looking for some direction.

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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2023, 11:07:15 AM »
It doesnt matter if it was last year's harvest report or 10 years ago, the NE corner is where the majority of the birds are harvested in the state annually. It's a little further drive, but hunting the westside or central WA can be very challenging especially if you're new to the area.
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Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2023, 04:49:20 PM »
Western Washington is not where you want to go for turkeys unless youíre into possibly the biggest Turkey hunting challenge of your Turkey hunting life. If youíre in Richland youíre not too far from Rioís in the Blues. Definitely NE WA is where itís at. Even having a chance at a Turkey on the west side is a significant feat. Killing one is a whole other story
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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2023, 07:38:35 PM »
You can find birds between the tri-cities and the blues. Thereís public land to hunt, but like others said, avoid April and the crowds.

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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2023, 08:33:28 PM »
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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2023, 07:52:57 AM »
Ellensburg
Cle elum
Liberty
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All have Turkeys
Hit it during youth opener and scout
Find the hunters youíll find the birds

I agree with all of this except scouting during the youth hunt.
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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2023, 08:00:16 AM »
Ellensburg
Cle elum
Liberty
Colockum
Taneum
Teanaway
All have Turkeys
Hit it during youth opener and scout
Find the hunters youíll find the birds

I agree with all of this except scouting during the youth hunt.

 :yeah: You'll piss off some grumpy dad (me) when you're calling trying to locate birds and messing up the kids hunt. With that being said, 4/8 - 4/14 would be a great time to scout as there us no open season during that time.
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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2023, 08:22:54 AM »
Scout now.  Merriams follow the snow line.  The 21 harvest record is fine to use because it doesn't change much.  Birds aren't going to venture out of their areas as the season progresses.  Flicks do break up into smaller flocks, but they don't leave say a couple mile square area.  You see them now most likely they will be in the area during the season.  Most turkeys like the merriams in the NE corner of the state stay around those ag areas.  There are mountain birds that will follow that snow line to.  The Blue mountains are great for Rios plenty of public land.  There again they like those ag areas.  Like I said once turkeys find a food source, they don't stray far from it.  Sounds like you have hunted turkeys before.  Turkey behavior doesn't change much jmthey just adapt to the land they are on.  They like roosting is larch trees, lodge pole and ponderosa pines and there are white oak out there that they like.  If you want to be successful go to the NE corner.  I believe the amount harvested there was more then the rest of the state combined.  I would say close to 70% of the population of turkeys in this state are in the NE corner.  Good luck

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Re: Western/Central Turkeys?? New guy in town
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2023, 04:04:15 PM »
I appreciate all the advice and direction  :IBCOOL: It's great to see an active forum willing to help out fellow hunters. I am excited to get out and hunt in WA. Was actually out toward Mt. Rainer with my buddy looking for sheds this weekend and to my surprise walked past a few turkey tracks just south of Hwy 12! Obviously won't be chasing those birds but it's good to know they are around. However we did decide to stay on the Western/Central side and are up for the challenge  8)

 


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