Turkeys in Bishop??

spectr17

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Wild rumor goin round, a turkey hunter saw 2 wild toms struttin near Bishop. Can anybody confirm this?

I thought the local district DFG guy vowed never to let turkeys into the eastern Sierras???

If so how'd they get there?
 



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A few years ago I saw a strutting Merriam's with his hens just a couple miles north of Markleeville.
 

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Although I could get to San Diego or the coast much faster than Bishop, I would still love to hunt there because I am familiar with that area and it is beautiful.

I do not know about birds there though. Rogue transplants?????

Jesse, did Dave mention those birds at the meeting?

I have seen them up near McGee creek, but that guy has them in a cage...lol
 

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They had to have been pen raised, because there's been no OFFICIAL plants in the Eastern Sierras.....
.... Onyx Ranch got birds a number of years ago (Southern Sierra), but they have never really moved much. It would be great to get them into Kelso Valley, the Scodies, and the Tehachapi's.
 

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the birds are already well into the Tehachapi range, though mainly on private ground. I'm not going to give specifics but we hunt east of Johnsondale so I see no reason why birds have not moved up the range. Aren't there birds right outside of Tahoe too? Those plants were over 15yrs ago. Granted it's quite a distance from Bishop but given lots of time and their natural migration there could easily be small pockets of birds throughout the Eastern Sierras.
 

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I have lived on and off in the Mammoth area for many years and have done quite a bit of duck hunting on the Owens East of Bishop but never seen sign of turkeys. Not bad habitat for turkeys though.
 

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I have heard from some locals(friends) I know in Bishop, that they have even seen them on the eastern side of the owens river. I dont see why not, there is everything they need.
 

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Get them 395 guides in here (jerkee), they're always out glassin, see what they've been seein.
 

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