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#3185150 - 03/06/13 10:01 AM Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest
varminthunter123
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I received a permit to hunt one of the turkey hunts this year at Shelby Forest. Never hunted their before. Any ideas or suggestions on how and where to hunt out their? Any information would be appreciated.
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#3185154 - 03/06/13 10:03 AM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: varminthunter123]
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Which hunt did you draw? I will also be hunting there. I got the first hunt (April 1, 3, and 6). I think I know someone who will be able to get me going in the right direction. I'm planning to call him this week.
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#3185252 - 03/06/13 11:33 AM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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Congrats and Good Luck! Let us know how it goes!
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#3185393 - 03/06/13 02:07 PM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: ]
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I have't gotten anything in the mail yet
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#3185568 - 03/06/13 04:32 PM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: ]
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Nothing in the mail yet either.

I got the last hunt 15th, 17th and 20th. They should be pretty scared to death by then.

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#3185577 - 03/06/13 04:42 PM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: varminthunter123]
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Not many people actually show up for the SF hunts. The way they are split up into 3 days makes it tough for anyone that does not live in the immediate area. Good news is that there seems to be more birds this year than in the past 2 or 3.

By mid April, the underbrush in the swamp can be incredibly dense and waist high. I wore brush pants last year as my leafy pants were getting snagged on everything. The birds can roost anywhere and everywhere out there, but if you spend some time, you'll notice how they use the natural open areas.

The standing water can make navigation tricky, so know you way around the sloughs and oxbows or be prepared to get wet.

Snakes and mosquitos are plenty. Its a tough, but rewarding hunt.
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#3185661 - 03/06/13 06:32 PM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: Poser]
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Ditto on the snakes...I have tons of horror stories growing up from Summer Camp at SF.
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#3185686 - 03/06/13 06:57 PM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: drrxnupe]
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I grew up in SF. The snakes are bad, but the mosquitos are worse. Take 2 thermacells. At times you will have to run them both at the same time.
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#3185690 - 03/06/13 06:59 PM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
Good news is that there seems to be more birds this year than in the past 2 or 3.



Great news! I don't put in for any hunts anymore (except LBL), but I'm glad to hear the birds are coming back.
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#3186178 - 03/07/13 08:49 AM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: Spurhunter]
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I see on the map there are lots of fields around SF, are they any good? Sounds like a person will probably need a good GPS device.
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#3186312 - 03/07/13 10:46 AM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: varminthunter123]
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 Originally Posted By: varminthunter123
I see on the map there are lots of fields around SF, are they any good? Sounds like a person will probably need a good GPS device.


There are some fields down there, though they are very accessible and such a obvious spot, that I did not mess with them. I guarantee you that is where 80% of the hunters will head and, even if they don't bump the birds out of the roost setting up, you'll be sharing a field. I'm sure the birds use those fields, but I wouldn't bother with it.
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#3186542 - 03/07/13 03:13 PM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: Poser]
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Thanks for the advice
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#3187307 - 03/08/13 09:41 AM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: ]
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I haven't been out yet, but they should be gobbling some by now.

I don't know if you've gotten your permit in yet Camaro, but I got mine yesterday at it says:

"All hunters are required to register and obtain a free permit at the park headquarters (901) 876-5215"

I assume that you can get this permit anytime before the hunt, so you may want to try and get it while your there.

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#3200400 - 03/22/13 08:51 AM Re: Turkey Hunting Shelby Forest [Re: ]
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I am kind of late to the party but my buddy and I were also drawn for the first week hunts at Shelby Forest. This is my first public land hunt of any kind. We have done some scouting and I think we have a good spot in mind. Good luck to yall.
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