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#3189091 - 03/10/13 06:21 PM Cheatham and Preist
devo1980
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I am trying to get some feedback on Cheatham WMA and Percy Priest WMA (East Fork). I have been scouting Cheatham this year and have not seen much sign, so I am questioning how it is for turkey. Also, I hunted Percy Priest this year for deer and didn't see any turkey or sign. Am I missing them and need to keep scouting or are those two areas not the best for spring turkey. I have only been in TN for a year. Thanks
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#3189103 - 03/10/13 06:31 PM Re: Cheatham and Preist [Re: devo1980]
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cheatham has a good turkey population. i was seeing lots of turkey sign this past deer season
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#3189246 - 03/10/13 08:50 PM Re: Cheatham and Preist [Re: vanleerbuckbuster]
KillMode
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Go to pipeline road area the back side of the game reserve at cheatham always produces for me during turkey season
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#3189283 - 03/10/13 09:16 PM Re: Cheatham and Preist [Re: devo1980]
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 Originally Posted By: devo1980
I am trying to get some feedback on Cheatham WMA and Percy Priest WMA (East Fork). I have been scouting Cheatham this year and have not seen much sign, so I am questioning how it is for turkey. Also, I hunted Percy Priest this year for deer and didn't see any turkey or sign. Am I missing them and need to keep scouting or are those two areas not the best for spring turkey. I have only been in TN for a year. Thanks


Percy Priest has a few. I've hunted all over the WMA and hear gobbles every now and then. Had about 6 or so birds in shooting range 2 years ago and not a single one had a beard. Another problem with Priest is that it is a popular destination for non-hunters in the spring. One year I had some folks on horseback trying to scare my decoys off . Pissed me off bad.

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#3189324 - 03/10/13 09:53 PM Re: Cheatham and Preist [Re: drrxnupe]
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#3189691 - 03/11/13 11:31 AM Re: Cheatham and Preist [Re: booth]
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I have hunted both, and both have good populations. Several years back Cheatham was covered up with turkeys not sure how it is now. Back then you could walk through the woods and kick them over. Both get plenty of pressure so best bet is get off the beaten path. Birds at both places get very call shy after about 2 weeks into season so easier to get them early.
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#3189743 - 03/11/13 12:34 PM Re: Cheatham and Preist [Re: KillMode]
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 Originally Posted By: KillMode
Go to pipeline road area the back side of the game reserve at cheatham.

x2. Always been a good spot to get on birds. Also try turkey road. No many birds near the road,but once you get to the end you can break off into the woods. Alot of birds roost back there (Its thick). Like TNDOC said,if you can see or even hear the main road,your not far enough in.


Edited by J-WO (03/11/13 12:34 PM)

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#3189978 - 03/11/13 05:16 PM Re: Cheatham and Preist [Re: J-WO]
KillMode
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I usaully hunt cheatham the first 2 weeks of season but after that they are pressured hard. Always get there 1 1/2 before sunrise
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#3190017 - 03/11/13 05:53 PM Re: Cheatham and Preist [Re: KillMode]
devo1980
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Thanks for the insight. I am going to focus on Cheatham - it is closer to the house for me anyhow.
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#3190020 - 03/11/13 05:57 PM Re: Cheatham and Preist [Re: devo1980]
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Priest has birds but they get pressured pretty hard. A lot of the areas are easy to access which makes it even worse. I used to hunt it some but haven't been on it in several years and I live within a mile or two of it.
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