PLACERVILLE — Turkey season continues on a bright note despite the front that came through last week, and when the sun came out on Saturday it seemed like every gobbler in the state was out struttin' their stuff!
Some of the reports that came in over the weekend showed that hunters had a great weekend:
Skippers Cove Marina on Englebright Lake hosted the NWTF Mobility Impaired Hunt this past weekend and one hunter was lucky enough to harvest a nice gobbler. The marina provided access to an area otherwise off-limits to hunters that could be driven to, so the disabled hunter could be set up in a blind. Thanks to Lisa and Nick Rogers and Skippers Cove Marina for their generosity!!
Collins Lake Resort reported that a Gridley hunter brought his son up to the Donovan Hill area west of the lake where they harvested a nice gobbler and then finished up the day trout fishing at the lake.The full names not available.
Joe Ryan of Waterford, killed a monster tom turkey with an 11½-inch beard while hunting near New Hogan Reservoir.
Travis Watson smoked a nice longbeard with a single shot from his .20 gauge Remington 870 pump shotgun using 3-inch Remington No. 5 turkey loads at a private Sonoma County ranch on April 14. The Rio had an 11-inch beard, 1-inch spurs, and weighed 28 pounds. Travis' Dad (Guide, Jon Watson) called the bird in to 21 yards.
Guide Jon Watson always put client Bill Cantrell of Richmond on a nice tom. Cantrell was seated at the base of an old oak tree admiring the clear and mild Sonoma County weather on April 15, as guide Watson was busy calling in some birds. After 20 minutes, the "Jake Brothers" arrived and encircled the decoy, 18 yards away. Bill stoned the strutter with a single shot from his Benelli semi auto .12 gauge.
Scott Rosenkild of Vacaville shot a beautiful 21-pound tom turkey with an 8¾-inch beard, while hunting with WON field reporter Vince Crudele on a private ranch near Grass Valley. The bird was taken at 31 yards at 7:10 a.m. on April 9.
WON Staffer Pat Young finally scored on a nice tom turkey on a hunt this past weekend in Lake County. "I got an invite to hunt a ranch east of Clear Lake and headed up on Friday in the rain not expecting to find much activity, but on Saturday it broke out into a gloriously warm, sunny day and I knew the birds would be out in force to get dried out and back into the work of strutting and gobbling.
"I borrowed an ATV and headed up along a creek drainage and kept my eyes on the sunniest areas I could find and found a big group of birds across the small valley I was in," Young related. "I drove past the birds, parked and ran back towards the flock close enough to set up my decoys. My first series of yelps was met with a volley of gobbles from at least 4 toms. I could hear that there were some hens in with the group and I was having a hard time getting a tom to split away from the hens as they moved uphill above my position.
"I just kept answering their calls and finally heard a tom gobble that had moved closer to my setup," Young said. "Suddenly, out of the brush came a nice tom in full strut and he headed straight for the decoys, spitting and drumming all the way. As soon as he cleared the decoys, I fired my Browning Gold Hunter loaded with a No. 6 Kent Magnum and the hunt was over. The bird was the first I'd killed in two years and the experience was the kind that keeps me heading for the turkey woods every year. The tom sported a 9½-inch beard, 7/8- and 1-inch spurs and weighed 18 pounds."
STAFFER GOBBLER — WON Staff Writer Pat Young with a Lake County tom killed on April 14 — the first sunny day after a week of wild wet weather. The tom was in a group of 4 or 5 toms and sported a 9½-inch beard and 7/8- and 1-inch spurs. The 18-pound tom was Young's first bird in two years.