Millerton Lake Turkey hunt

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Did anyone get else get drawn for this archery only hunt? We have the last week in April. if anyone on here got drawn for the weeks before us I would love to pick your brain after your hunt

We are willing to pass along any info we have after our hunt if anyone hunts after us.
 



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We drew out 4/12 - 4/18. Don't know much about the area, never been, and in the dark on how/where to hunt around the lake. Going to the safety training on 3/22. Willing to pass along what we learn and know as we discover.
 

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You will see and hear alot of birds but it is a tough hunt. the last time I got drawn for it 7 yrs ago the mojority of the birds were in the back area back by squaw leap. We had hunters tresspass on us from the public land side of the squaw leap area into our hunt area and shoot a bird we were calling in. The area behind table moutian casino I have never hunted, scouted it once and only saw a few hens and never heard any toms, not to say that has not changed. by the time you and I get on the property these birds are going to be away from any public land pressure.

Good luck on your week and let me know how you did.

Jeff K
 

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Yeah there will be pressure for sure. Not much can be done about that though. Son and I will likely boat in and spend the week hunting. We will do some fishing as well. Mostly just havin some fun.

We will cruise around and see what kind of fun we can get into. Hopefully we'll find some birds. I suspect the handicap dude the first week won't get out and walk much as well he didn't have a good eye on spotting the birds missed the 20 plus head count on the way in and on the way out. He only spotted one that cut in front of him on the road.

The next pair of gents I suspect will only be on for the weekend and they then have the mtn bike race to contend with.

If it stays cool like it has been. Who knows I or you could be in for a great hunt.

But hey its huntin one never knows.

All I know is that I will be there ready and roarin to go. Been practicing those close and long shots with the bow on my mangeled turkey decoy in and out of the blind and in different positions. Killed the SOB jake decoy 18 times tonight. LOL... Think it will be in shreds before my hunt on Millerton.

LOL have a great time.
 

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Good luck this weekend Duckboy


Post up on what you find up there. Ill be up there the weekend of 26th through May 2nd. So far no one has reported any birds taken.
 

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Talked with the park ranger this afternoon and so far no one has reported any birds taken on this hunt. He did tell me he's hearing birds every morning and afternoon he's is out.

Im chomping at the bit to get up there and try to fling an arrow
 

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Cool on hearing birds. Thanks for the support and cheers. We are heading out in 2 hours to head down and boat into camp. We shold have some time this eve via boat on the water to try and roost some birds, or at a minimum makes some calls to try and locate where they are.

Shouold be fun. Suppose to warm up over the weekend YEaH!!! See it will drop back down on Tuesday, So we plan to be there for the next week but my son will give in before then so I suspect maybe 3 or 4 days max.

We will do some fishing as well.

Mostly just having fun in the woods. We will let you know what happens.

Laters and Thanks!
 

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I fished Millerton today and saw a really nice Tom turkey walking near the shoreline, heading up toward the trees to roost at about 6:00 PM. He had what looked about like a 10" beard, it was dragging on the ground as he meandered up the hill. Don't know what the boundaries are for the special hunt, but this guy was not any where near up river. We were on a boat just around the big bend from the Fresno side boat launch. We were in Winchell Cove where the private marina/docks are located -- that is just barely into the main lake. Did not see any hens or any other gobblers, just the solo bird.
 

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hey jackrabbit is that anywhere near the casino area?? some of the hunting property in behind table mtn. casino.

Thanks for the report hopefully dogboy will have a good report in the next cpl of days.
 

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No, Liv2, Winchells Cove and marina is the first road to the lake just east of the Fresno public boat launch ramp (right around the first big point if you travel by boat as you leave the ramp). Harbor View Road is the long road with entrace right next to Table Mtn Casino and takes you to a picnic area where the lake narrows and becomes a slow moving river. I was actually quite surprised to see that big Tom so close to the ramp area as there is quite a bit of developed housing between Sky Harbor and the Fresno Ramp. If the Winchell Cove area is open to this hunt, there is a trail on lake recreation property that follows the contour of the lake all the way upstream above the high water line. I guess if I wasn't so lazy this morning I could just look up the boundaries for you guys.
 

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Ok Gents here is the skinny.

Son and I got a late start out of here Friday night and then hit traffic. so needless to say we did not hit the water at Millerton until saturday AM at 7:30. Took an hour to get in with the boat loaded down with camping gear. Small boat and the 50 hp Evinrude took some time to plane out.

Ok so:

Day 1 (Saturday): No Turkeys to be found in the woods anywhere. Saw zero on the way in. Lots of bass fisherman and pleasure boaters. Temperance flat is a major hangout for boat raft ups and pleasure boaters. Lots of drinking, partying, and head banging music Saturday and again on Sunday. Some stay over night in their boats on the water. Couldn't even roost a bird. Only thing we saw all day was one rattle snake, squirrels, rabbits, cows, and some carp.

Day 2 (Sunday): Woke up early to the sound of Turkey's gobblong across from the Temperance flat camp ground. Worked our way over but once there all activity shut down. Worked our way up hill towards the entrance to the rest area (area where the restroom is where the ranger took us). On the way up the hill jumped a Tom all fanned out breading a hen. We were sighted but tried to work our way around in front of the birds. We did several times but never could get the birds to return a call after about 9 AM. Forest went silent. We did discover the birds are using the road and the restroom area as a major strutt and breading ground. Road is tore up with turkey tracks, poop, and feather marks not to mention beard marks dragging in the dirt. Seemed to me the birds shut down once the party boats arrive. We gave up the rest of the day at about 2 and went fishing. Son caught 2 nice bass.

Day 3 (Monday): Up all night listening to coyote. The area is invested with them. Well we put our game faces on and decided to try and get snuck into the area where we jumped the struttung birds on Sunday. In there early and set up. But all day we stayed until noon - silence. Damnedest thing as we know for a fact the birds are there. Only thing I could figure is the Tom was still breading his hen and silent. But with all the sign in the area there has to be more than one damn bird. No party boats today.

Day 4 (Tuesday): Son and I could never get our act together. We goofed off and played all day Tuesday. Swimming, fishing, resting, eating, and napping. Not a sound in the woods despite repeated driving up and down in the boat from end to end on the legal shore line. We would stop and fish while I made calls.... Nothing all day until about 6:30 right across from the camping area. One lone Tom shows up gobbling up a storm. He is all over the restroom area were we parked the cars while the ranger gave us the lay of the land, does and dont's, etc. We sit there and watch hom through the binos and roost him in a nearby pine tree.

Day 5 (Wednesday): We try to slip in under the cover of darkness to get in under the Tom before he wakes up. We just about get into the boat to slowly motor over to the legal hunting side and the Tom is already on the shoreline gobbling his head off. No way in hell can we slip in under him. SOB is awake and Gobbling already. It ain't even light yet. Must have been up all night with the light of the moon. Hell so we motor up above him and try to slip in around and above him back into the flat where they have been struttin. We get set up and make a couple of calls. He starts to come in and is working towards us. I see him on the edge of the open field working his way up the road. Still a good 150 yards out. He makes eye contact with our decoy and starts to run in. Then out of nowhere 2 white vehicles. One of them a ranger vehicle come rolling into the restroom area and scare of the damn bird. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, son (5yrs old) was tired of camping and wanted to come home. So we stayed a bit longer but once the day was obviously dead silent we headed back to camp and pack it in for our journey home.

I'd say your best bet is to do one of two things.

If you drive in work those grassy flat areas uphill from that restroom area. The gravel road is the major strutt area as well is the restroom area parking lot. So... if driving in stop well before you get to the parking area. Sneak in on foot and try to target the big pine tree in the middle of the grassy flat above the restroom area.

If you boat in you will have to stop at the ravine before you get to the area as these birds tend to be roosting very close to the shoreline and will see you coming. Stop before you get there and sneak in on foot.

Wear some good hiking boots with high leather uppers to portect your legs we ran into several good sized rattlers on the move in the area!

Wish you luck. Call me if you'd like.
 


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