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Old 04-19-2017, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I'm about to get out to start scouting for turkey up in the Northern Region (I'm in Davis County). I was looking at Hardware Ranch and Echo Henefer WMA. I'm not asking for your spot, but if anyone can let me know if I'm way off the mark even trying to scout either location that would be awesome. I don't want to spend my time scouting an area with absolutely no turkey!
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Old 04-19-2017, 06:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've hunted henefer echo for big game for the majority of the past decade. About 9 or 10 years ago we used to see a flock over by the fire canyon side every fall, but i havent seen that flock or any turkeys up there in probably 6 years. Dont know if the weather got em, coyotes, or maybe they just moved somewhere else. It doesnt mean there isnt turkeys up there, but if there is, i havent seen or heard them for years.

I would try anywhere up near huntsville if you get a chance. Theres turkeys on the middle fork wma, but you will have to hike back in to get to them. Ive also seen birds up near snowbasin during thr hunt, but have personally never hunted up there. East canyon wma also holds a small flock or two, ive heard gobbles by the pond on multiple occassions.

If youre up for more of a drive, maybe give mantua or the logan area a shot. Lots of turkeys up there, just got to know where to find them. Just get up early and gp for a hike in one of these areas, the gobbles will let you know where they're at. Maybe consider getting a crow or owl call as well, use them to try for some shock gobbles.
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Get up to the snow line in canyons that have water in them, I know all the canyons have water in them at this time of year. But turkeys like to follow the creeks back up high to the snow line or just below it.
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've hunted henefer echo for big game for the majority of the past decade. About 9 or 10 years ago we used to see a flock over by the fire canyon side every fall, but i havent seen that flock or any turkeys up there in probably 6 years. Dont know if the weather got em, coyotes, or maybe they just moved somewhere else. It doesnt mean there isnt turkeys up there, but if there is, i havent seen or heard them for years.

I would try anywhere up near huntsville if you get a chance. Theres turkeys on the middle fork wma, but you will have to hike back in to get to them. Ive also seen birds up near snowbasin during thr hunt, but have personally never hunted up there. East canyon wma also holds a small flock or two, ive heard gobbles by the pond on multiple occassions.

If youre up for more of a drive, maybe give mantua or the logan area a shot. Lots of turkeys up there, just got to know where to find them. Just get up early and gp for a hike in one of these areas, the gobbles will let you know where they're at. Maybe consider getting a crow or owl call as well, use them to try for some shock gobbles.
Thanks so much for the input! I'll have to check out Mantua and somewhere up in Logan. You've helped save me a ton of wasted time/effort. DWR said Middle Fork has a lot of pressure.
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Get up to the snow line in canyons that have water in them, I know all the canyons have water in them at this time of year. But turkeys like to follow the creeks back up high to the snow line or just below it.
Great tip. I was considering checking this out around Farmington Canyon. Thanks!
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DWR said Middle Fork has a lot of pressure.
Probably true for the first mile. It's a smaller WMA, but you can definitely get away from people. Plenty of room for everyone. My wife has family up that way and they've seen turkeys for months.
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Good point. Thanks!
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