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Cache Creek turkey/boar hunting trip

just got back yesterday

spent Thursday night at friends sisters + aunt + uncles place, pouring rain from 4pm on thursday, bad weather continued until late friday


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trail head, duuuuuuuumping, muddy boggy shit... really bad conditions. we saw a sign a little ways up that said "4x4 trail, private land ahead" something like that, so we stupidly diverted to this 3x as long winding shitty hiking trail that went up and down two hills, total side-track.


only turkeys we actually saw were on the trail on the way in. friend spotted them, had his release on his wrist, bow and quiver out/not in a case... just had to nock an arrow and shoot but he didn't, said that it would have been wrong, too easy...

redbud trail includes a crossing of cache ___creek___ but because of recent heavy rainfall it's a deep + fast moving river. we originally intended to continue on another two miles to the other side of this creek, but instead had to set up camp here..

I think we'd finished setting up camp at this point and were scouting around. saw bear prints up the creek. No sign of hogs at all. Friend left his bow at home, just brought shotgun specifically to deal with hogs or... other more dangerous game in case we came across any.

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refilling the water bag... this thing sucked ass. First bag it flowed at a reasonable rate, second it trickled out. Mfr claims that it is good for 100L, that's a load of shit.


Saturday we got much better weather. Bright + sunny, didn't start to cloud over or get cold until later in the evening. Heard a couple of gobblers while posted, w/ decoys out but didn't actually see them. Also came across two other guys who said they had been following a turkey all morning. We went in at mid-day to get firewood and snacks, heard two shotgun blasts... Those guys we passed probably got one.




Went back out after lunch intending to hike back to the trailhead we walked on friday (where we'd seen those 2 hens + 2 toms) but stopped because there were a bunch of hikers out.


Got cell signal at this lookout which was cool.


the trail out (trespassing on a bit of private property) was basically all flat and half the distance, maybe less. Saw guys hunting on this private property, probably without permission.



Came across a group of four or five hunters who were just stopping through to check this side of the creek... They had driven in on Friday, but went further up the interstate to a different area (which gave them access to the opposite side of the "creek." Hiked in and out in ~4 hours and had five HUGE turkeys... No camping no shitting in the woods... God DAMNIT.

Would have been nice to not come home empty handed but still a fun trip.
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holy shit those packs are huge
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and these pics make me miss hunting.


but not with a goddam bow, don't give a shit about making things more fair.
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Whats up with the Dead Fish in Photo#7
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Whats up with the Dead Fish in Photo#7

was washed down from somewhere upstream... the bank was covered in fish this size and "frys," and evidence of animals chowing down on them... this is a carp, an invasive species

I guess the reason for the photo is to show that the creek was recently flooded out, was turned into a river (not just a little stream that we originally planned to cross)
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