Anyone else planning to hunt in Howell Island CA this fall? Because it's a big island and a popular place to hunt, I'm interested in finding others who hunt there to share scouting reports, sightings, harvests, etc. this fall.
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I have never hunted it but have been wanting to for years. Personaly I would like to come in from the river side but don't have a boat. I have heard the best way to access the island is to use a boat and come in from the back side. Good luck and hope you are very successful!!!
Willowbend is right, I drove by Howell Island CA in late october going to my uncles property and the lot was over flowing with vehicles. The good news is that MDC just completed a new parking area for Howell Island that is close to triple in size of the original parking area.
I personally haven't hunted the area, but I did do some post season scouting/shed hunting out there in march and if you like a challenging place to bowhunt, that would be the place. There are places that are so incredibly thick that it would be nearly impossible to bow hunt in. I saw minimal crop fields on the 2500 acre conservation area, but there were trails everywhere. I only saw three deer on the couple of outings that I went on out there.
On an up beat note, there are some monsters on that island because of the outstanding cover it provides. The key is to walk your shoes off, or take a boat in on the south side of the island (that is the area that receives the least amount of hunting pressure). I have a couple students at school that hunt Howell Island and they scout by using trail cameras. They have some pictures of some good bucks in the past couple seasons, but still haven't sealed the deal. Good luck too ya, I know if you invest some time and effort you will likely be rewarded.
Howell Island, I am in! Best way to scout is by foot, then by mountain bike, if you are not in too good of shape. Have a deer cart at hand as well. Also, if you do not go in by boat, I don't have one, be sure to check river levels because path may be washed out when time to leave.