PLACERVILLE — You might find things a little different based on what part of California and what elevation you're hunting turkeys in, but overall, the spring strut is at full peak right now, and as hens venture off to nest, some gobblers are wandering, looking for more romance.
This reporter managed the second gobbler of the year, a 3-year-old bird with a 7-inch beard, in one of the most exciting turkey hunts I've ever been on with Chuck Harrison of O'Brien Ranch out of Marysville, (See On-the-Spot in the April 27 issue of WON).
It’s been good,” Casey Stafford of CICC Outdoor Adventures said. “We killed one today with an 11- inch beard west of Arbuckle.” Staffords other hunt earlier in the week was also successful. His successful strategy has been to get out early, find the turkeys while still in their roosts, set up his decoys and wait.
“Once they get to the ground, they go silent,” Stafford said stressing the importance of getting out early. He has the advantage of hunting on his own private ranch, but he said that hunters who put in their time should do all right.
According to outdoor writer Terry Knight over in Lake County, the turkey hunting improved considerably due to the warm weather. The Cache Creek Wildlife Area and the Mendocino National Forest have been providing decent hunting. Of course, the turkey hunting on the ranches in both Lake and Mendocino counties has been very good. Also, the hens are starting to sit on the eggs, which puts the gobblers on the move looking for new hens.
"The hunting should continue to improve in the final two weeks of the season," Knight said.
Lisa Rogers at Skippers Cove Marina at Englebright Lake hosted the NWTF Impaired Mobility Hunter program again this past week and a 17-year old girl killed a nice gobbler.