2019 Lake Shasta Turkey Hunting on Public Hunting Land where to find turkeys Shasta lake

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Lake Shasta Turkey Hunting on Public Hunting Land where to find turkeys Shasta lake

The Lake Shasta area has lots  of turkeys, lots of public land!   It’s turkey hunting  time in Northern California and  Lake Shasta is the place to bag that  trophy gobbler. Turkey hunting  is the fastest growing hunting sport  in California and the national forest that borders  Lake Shasta ranks as the No. l turkey producer in  the state. The steep rugged hillsides above the lake  are a haven for hundreds of wild turkeys.
Much of the prime turkey hunting areas in  California are on private land where gaining permission is increasingly difficult, however, we have over 100 private ranches or hunting club  ready for you. See our info below, or head up to Shasta. Or, do both!
 Hunters can reach  many of turkey hunting areas by vehicle.  But hunters who want to escape the pressure of  other hunters can travel by boat to the more remote  areas that have an abundance of turkeys and few  hunters.  The most popular turkey hunting area is Backbone Ridge above the Pit River Arm of the lake.  Hunting pressure on Backbone Ridge can be  intense, but if you’re willing to hike a mile or two  off the road, you can find solitude and the old toms  with their harems of hens.
Backbone Ridge can be reached from Jones  Valley. The road follows the ridge line and comes  out at Fenders Ferry. There are good populations of  turkeys along the entire length of Backbone Ridge.  Madrone Camp and Little Round Mountain are  other good areas for turkeys The steep rugged hills  and heavy timber will make you work hard for  your gobbler, but these areas hold some monster Toms..
 Boats can be launched at  Jones Valley and there are several boat-in campgrounds in the Squaw and Pit River arms. Hunters who boat in are often discouraged by  the dense cover of chapparal that covers the hillsides near the lake shore. The peaks of these hills  are usually covered with thick stands of  oaks and have open glades Most of  these open glades will hold small flocks  of turkeys. All you need is a little lung  and leg power.
 Bully Hill on the Squaw Arm also  holds turkeys. This is a brushy area and  at first glance doesn’t look like turkey  habitat. But there are flocks scattered  throughout the area.  The past few years, hunters have also  discovered turkeys in both the McCloud  and Sacramento arms of the lake.  Locating turkeys is actually more difficult than hunting and calling the  birds. Wild turkeys are one of the most  elusive animals in the woods. Just  because you don’t hear turkeys gobbling, doesn’t mean there are no turkeys  in the area. The turkeys around Lake  Shasta have been hunted hard and they  have become very cautious about  responding to a call.
One of the best methods of locating  turkeys at Lake Shasta is to talk to the  bass fishermen. These fishermen are out  on the lake at daylight when the turkeys  are most vocal. Since many of fishermen don‘t hunt, they will usually tell  you where they have seen and heard  turkeys.
Another method of locating an old tom is to slowly cruise the arms of the  lake. Stop often and use a turkey or crow  call. lt’s not unusual for a gobbler to  answer your call from as far away as a  half mile.  Late afternoon is an ideal time to  locate turkeys for the following day.  Remember, all turkey hunting must stop  at 4 p.m.. If you hear a gobble, mark the  area and return the next morning at least  one hour before daylight.  The best time to hunt Lake Shasta is  mid-spring, during mating season. The weather is usually mild  and the hens have already started to  leave the flocks to nest. The gobblers  are on the prowl and can be called in…

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Hunting private lands in California has several advantages over the public areas. Chief among these are much less hunting pressure, better forage and water supplies and easier vehicle access. It’s a fact of life, and hunting on private ranches is almost a sure thing.
We use a hunting map site that has over 200 private ranches, with or without guides www.ranchhuntfish.com
It’s free, and get you access to our free map site too. Here is a copy of the home page:
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