Posts tagged: wild turkeys
HUNTING — Sportsmen have until Feb. 15 to apply for Idaho's spring black bear controlled hunts and until March 1 to apply for controlled wild turkey hunts.
Spring turkey and spring black bear seasons start April 15, with some controlled hunts opening later. Turkey youth hunts open April 8.
Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office, or online.
The application fee is $6.25 per person for residents and $14.75 for nonresidents. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Hunters must have a 2014 Idaho hunting license to apply.
Spring 2014 bear controlled hunt information is in the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules book. Spring turkey controlled hunt information is available at Fish and Game’s website and the the 2014-2015 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Rules book will be available by mid-February.
Leftover controlled hunt tags for spring turkey and bear controlled hunts go on sale April 1.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — A hospital medical staff had a hoot overlooking this UPS driver's recent ordeal with a menacing wild turkey tom in Minnesota.
Note to self: When sending important packages to turkey country, go with Fed-Ex.
WILDLIFE — Wild turkeys are found across Idaho, and there’s even an open hunting season on them right now in the Panhandle Region and portions of the Clearwater.
But wild turkeys are not native to the state.
Merriam's strain turkeys were introduced by the Idaho Fish & Game Department in 1961, a move that was a common part of wildlife management in the state at the time. The Fish & Game photo above shows the first turkey release in '61.
S-R reporter Betsy Russell has more on her Eye on Boise blog.
The Idaho Fish and Game Department is celebrating its 75th anniversary with daily web posts about its history in wildlife management.
HUNTING — Washington's late fall turkey hunting season opens Wednesday, Nov. 20, in East Side GMUs 105-154 and 162-186.
A wildlife biologist I know said he has given up the spring gobbler hunts in favor of filling his tags in the fall. He's trading the thrill of calling in the gobblers during their mating season, but gaining quality for the table, he said.
“In the spring turkeys are skinny and tough from the winter and all the effort they put into mating,” he said. “In late fall they're in the fattest and best condition of the year.”
Of course, with Washington's generous tag allocations, a hunter can have it both ways.
Read all the Washington wild turkey hunting regulations.
HUNTING — Elizabeth Odell is a model of hunting consistency.
The young Spokane hunter bagged her first turkey (see photo at left) and deer in the spring and fall seasons when she was 9 years old.
Liz, now 15, was out last weekend to keep the string going with a nice gobbler (top photo).
Odell is from Spokane and hunts with her father, Jim, and proud grandpa, Dick, who submitted the photos.
HUNTING — What are you doing on the fourth day of the spring gobbler hunting season in Washington and Idaho?
Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson bagged this tom with his Canon.
HUNTING — The first day of the spring gobbler hunting season is drawing to a close.
“I almost got my turkey today,” said George Orr in a voicemail message just before the end of legal shooting hours.
“It ran right in front of me as I drove down Sunset Hill. That would be a hell of a way to start the turkey season, almost running over one.”
Well, let's hope George shoots straighter than he drives, should he get the chance.
The season runs through May 25 in Idaho and through May 31 in Washington.
HUNTING — Late wild turkey hunting sesaons will close Saturday (Dec. 15) evening in designagted areas of Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
Washington late fall turkey season has been open since Nov. 20 in Game Management Units 105-142, 149-154 and 162-186. The limit is one turkey of either sex.
North Idaho's fall general season also will close Saturday evening in Game Management Units 1, 2 (except Farragut State Park and Farragut WMA) 3, 4, 4A, 5 and 6.
However, Idaho's fall general season will continue through Dec. 31 in units 8, 8A, 10A, 11, 11A, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 18. This hunt is open on private lands only. Hunters must have permission from the landowner.
WILDLIFE — Wild turkeys adapted vigorously to introduction efforts throughout Idaho and much of Washington in the 1980s. They're interesting, fun to hunt and delicious. They're also fun to watch, as you can see in this short video from Idaho Fish and Game.
HUNTING-GATHERING — While most people head to the supermarket for their Thanksgiving fixings, some sportsmen head to the field.
Washington's late-fall wild turkey hunting season opens Nov. 20 in portions of Eastern Washington.
November is also prime time to hunt ducks, geese, deer, pheasant, forest grouse and a variety of other game around the state.
Late modern firearm general white-tailed deer hunting season runs Nov. 10-19 in northeast Game Management Units 105, 108,111, 113, and 124 for any buck. GMUs 117 and 121 are also open for the late buck hunt, but are under a four-antler-point minimum rule.
HUNTING — Steve Solberg of Spokane was grousing in good humor on April 15 that he'd passed given his brother, Jeff, first shot at an opening day gobber then ended up coming home empty-handed himself.
“Seeing your brother finally bag a nice gobbler on opening day after 3 unsuccessful YEARS of hunting – priceless,” he said.
“Passing up on an easy shot to let your brother score – stupid?
“Maybe, but it was just great being in the woods again. My bird is still out there.
“My time will come.”
Indeed! This week, Solberg's patience paide off with a bruiser tom.
“I was rewarded,” he said in an email with the photo above. “This was my biggest bird ever.”
The bird weighted more than 22 pounds, beard was 9 inches. But look at those spurs: 1-1/4 inches.
“Life is good!” Solberg said, noting that he has a placed pegged to take a kid this weekend.
HUNTING — Taking a wild turkey gobbler can be difficult for a hunter with a shotgun, but think about the chances of spooking an incoming tom when you have to draw a bow.
Spokane-area hunter Chad Berry shows how it's done in a short, sweet video.
The spring gobbler season opened Sunday.
HUNTING — This is where I have permission to hunt for the spring gobbler season. Tomorrow morning, half an hour before sunrise: Game on!
Here are best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving in the form of a short story you'll find heartwarming, or perhaps a bit of a heartburn. It was passed on to me from a reader.
A game warden was driving down the road when he came upon a young boy carrying a wild turkey under his arm. He stopped and asked the boy, 'Where did you get that turkey?'
The boy replied, 'What turkey?'
The game warden said, 'That turkey you're carrying under your arm.'
The boy looks down and said, 'Well, lookee here, a turkey done roosted under my arm!'
The game warden said, 'Now look, you know turkey season is closed, so whatever you do to that turkey, I'm going to do to you.
If you break his leg, I'm gonna break your leg. If you break his wing, I'll break your arm. Whatever you do to him, I'll do to you. So, what are you gonna do with him?'
The little boy said, 'I guess I'll just kiss his butt and let him go!'
HUNTING — Fall wild turkey hunting seasons open Thursday (Sept. 15) in Idaho and Sept. 24 in select Eastern Washington units.
Other hunts will follow soon.
Read on for the long list of details for Idaho hunts, including the youth waterfowl season (Sept. 24-25) and the youth pheasant hunt, wich starts Oct. 1.
Fall turkey hunters typically find less competition in the field because of other hunting seasons that open in the fall, and they are more likely to bag a bird, Idaho Fish and Game officials say. Check out their webpage.
Idaho's turkey season is open:
The daily bag limit is one turkey of either sex per day in the fall. No more than three turkeys may be taken per year, except in Units 1, 2, 3 and 5, where up to five turkeys may be taken in a single day during the fall season. Turkey hunters will need a general or an extra tag. General tags not used in the spring general or controlled hunts are valid for the fall hunt. Special unit tags are valid only for the fall season in Units 1, 2, 3 or 5.
Turkey tags are available at all license vendors for $19.75. An extra turkey tag costs $12.25, and the special unit tag costs $5.
For more information see the turkey rules book or the Fish and Game Web site at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=67.
Youth Waterfowl Seasons Open Soon
The Idaho waterfowl youth hunt opens September 24 and 25, and the regular 107-day season opens October 1 in northern and eastern Idaho, and October 15 in southwestern Idaho.
Daily duck bag limits are seven birds in the aggregate – no more than two female mallards, two redheads, three scaup, two pintails, one canvasback – with a possession limit of 14 birds after the first day and no more than four female mallards, four redheads, four pintails, six scaup and two canvasbacks.
Daily limits for Wilson’s snipe are eight; with a possession limit of 16 after the first day; and the daily limit for coots are 25 with a possession limit of 25 after the first day.
Daily bag limits for dark geese – Canada, greater white-front – are four per day. Daily limits for light geese – snow, blue, Ross’s – are 10 per day.
Parts of Area 2 closed during the spring light goose season areFort Boise and Payette River WMAs and that portion of the Roswell Marsh Wildlife Habitat Area south of state Highway 18, and the Snake River Islands Unit of the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in the Southwest Region.
In Area 1, Fremont and Teton counties are closed to light goose hunting.
Additional details will be available in a printed brochure and on the Fish and Game website within about a week.
Hunters must have a valid Idaho hunting license, a federal migratory game bird harvest information program validation and a federal migratory bird (duck) stamp, except youths 15 and under do not need the duck stamp.
Nontoxic shot is required for all waterfowl hunting in Idaho. For details see the 2011-2012 Waterfowl seasons online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=66; the printed brochure will be available within abouta week at license vendors and Fish and Game offices.
Youth Pheasant Hunt Opens October 1
A youth pheasant season opens statewide Saturday, October 1, and runs through October 7 for all licensed hunters 15 years old or younger.
The week-long hunt opens a half hour before sunrise in Area 1, 2 and 3, except on the C.J. Strike, Fort Boise, Montour and Payette River wildlife management areas, where shooting hours begin at 10 a.m. Shooting hours continue statewide through a half hour after sunset.
The regular season opens October 8 in Area 1 and October 15 in Areas 2 and 3.
Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 years or older – one adult may accompany more than one youth.
The daily bag limit is three cocks, and the possession limit is six after the first day, except on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked, in which case the daily limit is two cocks and four in possession.
Hunters 17 and older need a WMA pheasant permit to hunt on Idaho Fish and Game wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. Pheasants will be stocked on the Payette, Montour, Fort Boise, Niagara and Market Lake wildlife management areas before the youth hunt weekend.
All upland game hunters are required to wear hunter orange during the pheasant season when hunting on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. And all hunters must have a valid 2011 Idaho hunting license.
Details are available in the current Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey rules brochure, available at license vendors and online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=67.
Sage-Grouse Season Opens October 1
The Idaho restricted seven-day; one-bird per day season for 2011 opens Saturday, October 1.
Details are available in a brochure available in print at license vendors and on the Fish and Game website: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/docs/rules/uplandSage.pdf.
Any person hunting sage- or sharp-tailed grouse must have in their possession a valid hunting license with a sage- sharp-tailed grouse permit validation at $4.75.
The sharp-tail grouse season also opens October 1 and runs through October 31. Check the Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules brochure for 2011-2012 for season and limit details.
WILDLIFE — Deer were dropping their fawns in the last week of May. The four robin chicks jumped out of their nest behind our house on Saturday and have been hopping around the house all weekend.
A couple of hikes in Lincoln County Sunday revealed more little critters. A hen turkey flattened to the ground as though her legs had vanished when I rounded a bend on the trail at Twin Lakes. When she realized I was still coming, she wheeled around and started trotting away. I knew she had chicks nearby, but was surprised to see about eight of them flush from behind her — the size of quail and they flew very well up into a stand of aspens.
Then the hen circled around and gave me hell from a distance of about 10 feet.
I was outta there.
Later in the day, while hiking down Crab Creek, I spotted at least two broods of mallards and two teal broods. Parents did a good job of broken-wing decoying (top photo) to keep me moving down the trail and away from the ducklings that quickly hid in the shoreline grass.
In the turkey photo, above left, notice the chick flying above, and the one behind the hen on the ground getting ready to flush and fly strongly.
HUNTING — After much scouting and several disappointing close calls, my spring wild turkey hunting season ended this morning at 6:10 a.m.
A head shot.
No photos will be posted. I don't want to take the chance of offending anyone or inciting violence against hunters.
It was unarmed, but I'm proud of a job well done. I feel no need to high-five, cheer or pump my fists.
The celebration will be quiet and respectful, enhanced with a garlic lime sauce.
No DNA testing is required. It had a long beard.
If you need more proof, ask my wife, or show up for dinner to see for yourself. Bring a bottle of wine.
HUNTING — One could hear shots fired within minutes of after Washington's wild turkey hunting season opened this morning at 5:31 a.m.
One down, one to go for spring gobbler hunting on the East Side of the state.
It was beautiful out there.
HUNTING — Here are a few hunting basics to ponder before the spring wild turkey gobbler season opens Friday in Idaho and Washington.
The tips are from Mossy Oak pro staff member Mike Cockerham, who offers advice on scouting,
advance work and the preparation it takes to bag a spring gobbler:
Yes, this doesn't give you much chance to apply all the information before the season opens tomorrow, but many hunters believe the best time to lure in big gobblers isn't opening day, when they're firmly attached to hens, but rather later in the season when they're lonesome and looking again for love.
Read on for the Q & A.