Gobble, Gobble, Boom! Turkey Hunting in the Okanogan Highlands

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Okanogan, WA 98840, USA


Turkey hunting season in the Okanogan Highlands generally runs from April 15th to May 31st. Turkey hunters now only have about a month or so to wrap scouting for turkeys.
Turkeys In The Yard!
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You should be a master of turkey calls by now (having practiced all winter). Prepare to gear up minus your shotgun and set out for your hunting grounds. Turkeys have very good eye sight, so camo up!

 
Prepare to be at your hunting grounds 30 minutes to 1 hour before daylight. Pay close attention to your environment. Do you see any signs of turkeys? Look for turkey prints and droppings. Ground under a roost will have obvious tracks, feathers as well as dropping. Hen tracks are around 4.5 inches long. Larger tracks will most certainly be a gobbler. Scats that are several inches long and are “J-shaped” are from adult males. Turkeys are plentiful in the Okanogan Highlands. You can spot them even in the middle of the day. Pick an area if you haven’t hunted the spot before. Pick a “plan B” area as well as a “plan C” just in case your prime spot gets taken on opening day.

Observe your surroundings when the sun comes up. Is the sun on your face? Are there any blind spots? Listen for turkeys as well as other wildlife. Seeing hens is encouraging because they will be followed by Toms.

Hearing turkeys at this point is also a good sign. Seeing hens is a great indication that Toms are sure to follow. Too many hens is not a problem. Gobblers will mate with multiple hens during the breeding season. Plus, more hens mean more gobblers in future seasons. Don’t be discouraged by rain. Gobblers will still mate when it’s raining. You’ll find that gobblers are usually surrounded by hens early in the morning. Midmorning, the hens will leave to sit at their nests.

Gobbling peaks just before hens are ready to breed. It starts up again when most hens incubate their hens. Although turkeys have been found in areas with a small number of trees, they like their habitat to be well matured forested areas. Turkeys roost at night and will fly into the trees when they detect danger. Turkeys eat mostly plant matter (acorns, corn, soybeans), they will eat seeds, some insects, fruits, and greens. They prefer to have a water source nearby. That includes rivers, streams or wetlands within ¼ mile. Your hunting strategy should include a well-planned food plot.
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