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Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting' started by smashdn, Mar 18, 2016.
Who else got drawed?
I'm in on the 12th and 13th!
I didn't get drawn this year. I am very bummed about it. I had a GREAT hunt last year, and was really pumped to go this year.
I drew the weekend hunt on the Tennessee side.
I drew the weekend hunt on the Tennessee portion.
First time I have never been drawn. Looks like I'll be knocking on doors that week in TN.
Is a hunter safety card required to hunt lbl quota Turkey hunt now? Am 45 years old and have never had to have it before. Went to camp Currie years ago and got one, but it was always if you were born before 1975 you were not required to have it. What I'm trying to say is , I don't have a clue where my card is. Thanks
I got drawn this year, but don't believe I'll be able to go. I doubt it, but is there anyway to transfer to someone who wants to go in my place?
Also, how good is the hunting? If you don't do any scouting, is it possible to look over the maps, find a spot, and locate a bird? Also, during the quota hunts, do you run into a lot of other hunters?
No transfer to someone else at LBL.
Turkey populations are good .... but I would rate hunting as fair. Which is not because of the birds ... they will respond . Usually what makes it tough is being unfamiliar with the terrain in relation on how to setup on gobbling bird.
My strategy for LBL has always been locating birds in advance by driving roads and listening at daylight. I'll mark multiple locations of birds that way I have a plan A, B & C . If the spot is occupied by other hunters upon arrival on the day of my hunt...I just move on.
Which topo maps help... after the fact. Great for when you already located toms and figuring a route to set up.... but your not going to look at a map and locate toms. As such ... I'm not a huge fan of blundering around scouting a area. There will be some turkey sign just about everywhere... just don't tell me much. But knowing what ridge that toms on by listening at daylight is the most valuable piece of the puzzle.
On quota hunts ... be it deer or turkey... expect possible encounters with other hunters. Usually not bad but it happens when you got a hot tom gobbling his head off on up in the morning. Also good reason to have multiple toms located as I mentioned earlier. Have several spots to move to if you got company.
With all this said.... and no disrespect intended as circumstances arise. But if you get drawn and don't go.... your really just knocking out someone who would have enjoyed the opportunity. Which after the quota's there's an open hunt for everyone ... but it's normally not as good as the earlier quotas from the standpoint of hunting pressure. These birds get wise to hunters fairly quick after they hear every call in the book.
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I really appreciate the feedback and do feel bad about not being able to go. Obviously should have thought this through more before putting my name in for the draw, but I have a three week old son at home now, along with a 15 month old daughter. A little more difficult to get away for a few days to properly scout than I thought.
I'm in. Bladefoot
Get enough people in a group and you can "wall off" several hundred acres by parking trucks at every turn off. Goes for deer too.
Been a long time since I hunted LBL, but I would scout for wks only to have someone camping under half the birds. The hunting would be better if they made you go to designated campgrounds. Of course that may be the rule now, like I said it's been a long time, lol.
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I plan to sleep in the woods tomorrow night.