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2018 What is the Best Turkey Shot Guns and Shooting a Turkey Information

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2018 What is the Best Turkey Shot Guns and Hunting Ranches and Clubs for Turkey Hunting in California and Oregon

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Legal Note: Just for your information, Pellet guns are now legal to take turkey in California
Our Criteria:
1. Weight
We like light guns. Anything over 7 pounds gets the nay-nay. Or is that some kind of dance?  We make that the number one criteria for a Turkey gun. Trudging around the hills with a 9 pound pump blunderbuss gets old after a couple of hours.  
2.  Versatility
 Some like dedicated Turkey guns, but we think that's a waste of money. Buy a decent gun with camo and you can use it for waterfowl, pheasants, etc.
3. Affordability
In General:
Performance
We want you to put 5 or 6 pellets in a target the size of your clenched fist. That will dispatch a turkey with a shot to the head. You should be able to do this at 40 yards, and so we recommend you move your target in increments of 10 yards out to 60 yards to see what you maximum range would be.
Anything beyond 60 yards will not have sufficient killing power.
If after several trys the pellets are veering off from the target area, you have found your guns maximum range. And, no, don't use someone's fist to do this. A paper target will do.
Recoil
We like light guns, so recoil pad or built in system is a must.
Sights on your shotgun
Some Turkey guns have sights. We believe that is an option, and is not mandatory. You can get the pellets in there with or without sights. If you want a deer gun using slugs as well as a Turkey gun, get one with sights.
The Guns:
Pump Action

We are biased against pump actions because they are heavier and not good duck guns...we think versatility is best when forking out your money...However they are much less expensive than the semi-autos so we think we should offer one example
Remington Model 870 Express Turkey
Synthetic areas of this gun is Camouflaged Mossy Oak Break-up and the metal is Express matte-finish blued. Looks cool. But at 7.25 pounds, we think it needs a diet. Extra Full Choke in a 21 inch barrel. $492 (but priced much less at various outlets)
Semi-Automatics

The Sublime, the Good, and the (not so) Ridiculous

Benelli Super Black Eagle III
We ignore the Benelli SBE Turkey edition at $3000, it is too pricey. Meanwhile, why not start with the a new version of a old standby? The new revamped  2017 6.9 Pound 3½ inch, 12 gauge inertia semi-auto is lighter than any previous Eagle models.
Number two on our list of reasons, is versatility. This gun is a great duck gun to boot, as all the finger functions such as the bolt handle, safety, and bolt release button have been built up or expanded so cold fingers can find them better.
A recoil padded raised cheek area on the stock might lessen a shock to your shoulder and maybe to your pocket book at $1,899
Benelli Ultra Light Inertia 12 gauge - at 6.0 pounds, the lightest ever. A pound less than just about all others, and you will feel the difference. Lacks versatility (no camo finish) of the Eagle, but still good all around gun. Recoil is a little stronger due to light weight. If I bought this gun, I would figure out a way to camo everything with spray on rubber made by Plasti-Dip. My face is so white, too, so maybe... . $1699
Winchester Super X4 12 gauge gas semi-auto
We like tested, time proven guns that have new features. Like the Benelli,  this year the 6 pound 12 ounce Winnie X4 gets a upgrade, less weight and more narrow pistol grip and guess what? All the same finger functions like those listed for the Benelli Eagle have been modified for better handling,  plus the trigger guard. Points scored for the way you can adjust the stock using spacers.  You  can get it 26 or 28 inch barrel length.
Now we have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, but in a good way, as a $899 price for 3" black synthetic model is better on your budget.

We ignore the SX3 Winchester Turkey gun because it weighs 7 pounds, 8 ounces.

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Update: Nonleaded ammunition is now required statewide when hunting wild turkeys with a shotgun for the upcoming 2017 spring wild turkey season. Leaded gasoline is still OK if you have a flamethrower. Big yuck.
California 2017 Spring wild turkey season opens on March 25, 2017 and through April 30, 2017. The archery season is May 1, 2017 to  May 14, 2017. 





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Part I.
Lots of turkeys are available for hunting on California's private land, and wild turkeys can also be found on most of the by hunting turkey in national forests and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands wherever there are oak woodlands. To further advance California Turkey hunting the DFG has an ongoing program to relocate turkeys into new areas.
Despite this abundance of turkeys on public land, it still takes some scouting to locate the birds. Patience and persistence are the two main ingredients in scouting for turkeys.
California has three species of wild turkeys; the Rio Grande, Merriam and Eastern, plus hybrids which can be a mixture of any of the three. Each species has its own type of habitat. The Rio Grande prefers the drier lower elevation oak woodlands. The Merriam stays in the high country above 5,000 feet. The Eastern prefers denser wet forests.
The most common species, the Rio Grande, can be identified by the buff-colored feather tips on their tail. The Merriam has white tips on their tail feathers, while Eastern's have darker feathers throughout their body. All species will inter-breed as their ranges cross.
The turkey hunting in the foothills on public lands in the Sacramento Valley and the San Joaquin Valley contain mostly Rio Grandes. The mountains in the Mendocino National Forest, El Dorado National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, Siskiyou County and San Bernardino National Forest are public lands that are home to the Merriam. Eastern turkeys can be found along the North Coast and in the Cleveland National Forest.
The spread of wild turkeys throughout the state is one of the true success stories of the California Department of Fish and Game.
l. Shasta County: This is the No. 1  key producer in the state, and  though most of the birds are killed  in the spring, there are more birds  available in the fall. 'l'hat’s because  chicks are hatched in May and June and   are available as young adults  this time of year. Top public land hunting can be found in the Shasta National Forest just  North of Lake Shasta.
 Hunters can use  its to gain access to roadless areas up  River, Squaw Creek and McCloud . Turkeys are plentiful here!  Birds are also abundant around Burney south of Highway 299. Round  Mountain, Oak Run, Whitmore, Palo  and Cottonwood are all excellent.
 2. Tehama County: Some good  Turkey hunting is available on the  iarna Vlfildlife Area  there are   birds on the Open area north off hogsback Road. 'There’s a fair acorn   this year and birds will be near wherever water can be found.   Per-  s are not needed for the turkey hunt.  Dye Creek Preserve (916-527-3588)  rs some of the best turkey hunting in  county. Private areas around Table Mountain, Bend, Los Molinos and Vina  all productive.

3. Sierra Foothills: If you can gain  access to a local ranch, then you’ve got it made. We have a netork of hunting Ranches and hunting clubs all over California and Oregon, especially in this area. Click on a county below for more info.
Turkeys are doing extremely in Butte, Sierra Yuba, Nevada,  :er, El Dorado, Amador and public hunting opportunity is  limited in the region, but there are  e a few birds above Lake Oroville in  Plumas National Forest, Bullards  Reservoir has birds between Woodside and Comptonville.
The Yuba River  and  Beale Air Rwrce Base is another  productive spot.
4. Mendocino County: The best  is private propertry, we have several ranches to 40,000 acres, but there is good access and lots of  birds on the Lake Mendocino Wildlife  Area (707-462-7581). Access into the  hunting area is by boat or foot, which  means pressure is light. Private lands around Yorkville,  Cloverdale and Potter Valley all have  birds.
5. Lake Sonoma: A special fall turkey hunt is scheduled on Army Corps of  Engineers land, creating some excellent  hunter opportunity in the Lake Sonorna  area.  by permit only, noted biologists in Yountville  (707-944-5529). Two hunters can hunt off one  permit and hunters can apply for them  by submitting a standard U.S. postal  service card with name, address, hunting license number and phone number  to Lake Sonoma Turkey Hunt, P.O. Box  47, Yountville, CA 94599.
In the past 20 years the DFG has relocated hundreds of turkeys to public lands. These birds are now established and the reproduction has been phenomenal. In the coming years wild turkeys will be in new areas, offering additional hunting opportunities.

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Please scroll down past our Ranches and Free maps  to see Part II,   the rest of the general locations throughout the state where turkeys can be found on public land (refer to the map).
We have over 200 private ranches listed here, exclusive for you, where you will get the best hunting. Some are with turkey hunting guides,  but most are unguided hunting ranches. Also access to our map site which has tons of public hunting areas, fishing maps, and reports.
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Part II
1. The foothills around Weaverville contain turkeys. Hunters should check the lower elevations in the Trinity National Forest.
2. Ruth Lake has had turkeys for a number of years. The birds are widely scattered and holding their own. The road between Ruth Lake and Covelo is a good choice.
3. The hills above Lake Shasta offer excellent turkey hunting. Backbone Ridge is an excellent area. Hunting from a boat in the Pit River Arm and the Squaw Arm is also popular.
4. Turkeys can be found throughout the Platina area.
5. Recently turkeys have spread to the Shasta National Forest near Burney. The area contains both Rio Grandes and Merriams.
6. The Mendocino National Forest east of Covelo holds both Rio Grandes and Merriams. Check out the Black Butte River drainage and the Mendocino Pass area.
7. Turkeys have been recently been sighted in the Jackson State Forest This is a large area and it will take some scouting to locate the birds.
8. The foothills around Black Butte Lake holds a large number of turkeys. Maps
of the area can be obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or see below www.freehuntfishmaps.com

9. Turkeys can be found all the way from Chico to Butte Meadows. The Tehama Wildlife Area is a good choice. Maps of the area can be obtained from the DFG.
10. Turkeys are widely scattered throughout the Mendocino National Forest from Upper Lake to Lake Pillsbury. Check the old logging roads for tracks and feathers.
11. The BLM land in the Hopland Cloverdale area offers decent turkey hunting.
12. The Cache Creek Wildlife Area has more than 30,000 acres of prime turkey land. The recently acquired Payne Ranch has a good population of turkeys. This is hike-in country.
13. The national forest around Lake Oroville has a large population of wild turkeys. Check the Berry Creek area. Be careful and stay off the state park property.
14. The Bureau of Land Management has a small piece of property near Lake Berryessa that has turkeys. You can gain access by boat or by hiking in.
15. "Turkey heaven." That' what many people label the Spenceville Wildlife area. It gets a lot of pressure but also has a lot of birds. Nearby Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area below Collins Lake is another good choice. .
16. The El Dorado National Forest near Georgetown offers good turkey prospects. This is one area that will take some scouting to locate the birds. The Auburn Recreational Area has a large
- population of turkeys.

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