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jrbert
 January 11 2018 06:32AM (Read 1136 times)  
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New to turkey hunting, and relatively new to Eastern Iowa. Any tips for a newbie turkey hunter? Public land any good?

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Homerj
 January 11 2018 09:21AM  
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Where you at? How far would you be willing to travel?


 
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 January 11 2018 10:19AM  
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I'm in Cedar Rapids and willing to go up to a couple of hours.


 
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 January 11 2018 07:51PM  
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Lots of Turkeys around. N.E. Iowa can be fun, but there are also lots of birds that can had closer to home. Now is a good time to start scouting. Snow on the ground makes them easy to see and tracks are also easy to find.


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 January 12 2018 09:39AM  
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I'm in Cedar Rapids and willing to go up to a couple of hours.



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 January 13 2018 03:08PM  
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I have never turkey hunted and would really like to go this year, but don't know of a spot, like the OP. I'm 15 min East of Marion and am willing to travel far.


 
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 January 13 2018 07:06PM  
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I have never turkey hunted and would really like to go this year, but don't know of a spot, like the OP. I'm 15 min East of Marion and am willing to travel far.



You won’t need to travel far to find good numbers if that’s where you’re at.

Between there and Dubuque is some good turkey country. Anywhere near a river in that area seems like holds turkeys. I’m talking up and down hwy 13 and hwy 151.


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 January 13 2018 07:43PM  
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As I alluded to earlier, traveling can be fun. But patterning three or four Toms close to home gives you more opportunity to hunt and have a couple of back up plans working...

Back in the old days people ran to Yellow River or Stephen's forest. But now that really isn't needed to bag a bird.


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