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COVID saves the turkeys

Postby Hunt 365 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:08 pm

Since I’m bored, here’s my crazy theory. National lockdown for the virus first month of the season. Hunting seriously diminished. Out of state hunters limited regardless with TN’s liberal and long season. Turkey harvest down but maybe a good thing. And since it’s rained every day for three months, it finally quits raining and we have lush, dry nesting habitat. Every hen gets bred. Numbers next year insane. And for a decade to come turkeys better than ever. Just trying to keep positive. Who’s with me?
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby megalomaniac » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:11 pm

Covid has given me more opportunities to socially isolate in the woods. I've hunted 6 out of 7 days so far here in MS. I suspect more time off from work will result in more man days afield overall, and thus a higher than average kill.

Wish I could find a bird. I've only found 1 so far. And hes dead :)



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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby Uncle Jesse » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:53 am

Judging by how many people are fishing on weekdays, I'm expecting there'll be 0 bearded turkeys by Mother's day
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby JCDEERMAN » Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:19 pm

Uncle Jesse wrote:Judging by how many people are fishing on weekdays, I'm expecting there'll be 0 bearded turkeys by Mother's day

No kidding. Tons of boats on the lake today
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby 'borohunter » Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:19 pm

Always good to hope...
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby timberjack86 » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:13 am

I'm hoping for lockdown so I can socially distance myself in the woods.
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby catman529 » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:10 pm

I think the hunting pressure is going to be worse with the virus and people off work and out of school. Out of state hunters will probably be less than usual, but turkey hunters are going to hunt somewhere if they can!


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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby PickettSFHunter » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:14 pm

I was able to get out to Georgia this weekend but they were starting to close parts of the campground. The WMA campgrounds were both locked and closed. That makes it tough on non-residents. The popular campgrounds in my area of TN are also closing, I know some non resident hunters like to stay in those.
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby megalomaniac » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:32 pm

My work schedule is becoming lighter and lighter... as a consequence, imma be in the woods tomorrow for half day that I wouldnt have been able to otherwise. Going after the Tom's I missed 3d ago

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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby Bone Collector » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:46 pm

i think it will increase the kills. I am working from home. I have been social distancing in the woods. Its my only escape. That and fishing.

I will be out opening weekend and then will hunt whenever i get the chance. Wife won't leave the house, so no competition for free time. I can go most afternoons as long as we work from home.
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby REN » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:59 pm

i will be hunting more this year (although I am fortunate to already work from home and hunt a lot during the week anyways) but with my kids out of school I dont have to worry about putting it all on my wife to get the up and ready every morning.
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby megalomaniac » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:26 pm

Corona did save a gobbler in south FL. I was supposed to leave this AM for 3 days down there, but my wife nixed the trip. My 15 yo is hunting with me in the am locally since hes off from school and I dont want to punch my last MS tag.

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COVID saves the turkeys

Postby catman529 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:36 pm

A buddy of mine has scouted 2 different WMAs in the past week or so, both times during a week day, both times seeing 5-9 trucks parked where people were scouting. These are already heavy hunted well known WMAs, but it looks like it’s going to be a sh*t show this year with all the people off work. I’m gonna probably hunt a big field opening morning and enjoy the show, then drive around and see how bad it is everywhere else. I’ll be in the turkeys but I’ll probably have hunters coming at me from all angles. Should be fun


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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby deerfever » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:20 pm

I have been in Alabama the last two days. I have never seen it so crowded! It was not this crowded this past weekend. There are people everywhere! I never dreamed that I would see so many people through the week. Again I guess everyone is off work and hunting. My license is good for 4 more days , I am going to move to a different tract of land altogether when and if I go back.
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby PickettSFHunter » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:46 am

Literally every single camping spot is totally full at the public land I’m hunting. Totally full on a Thursday.
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby Andy S. » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:39 pm

catman529 wrote:I think the hunting pressure is going to be worse with the virus and people off work and out of school. ..... but turkey hunters are going to hunt somewhere if they can!
Agreed, this is what I am planning on. Sounds like everyone's account above it spot on, hunters literally EVERYWHERE!
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby philsanchez76 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:58 pm

Yeah I concur; stopped to scout a WMA yesterday and literally couldn't find a spot to park. I've never run into more than 2-3 people here before. Gonna be interesting.
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby th88 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:01 am

Got to a Bama gate at 3AM yesterday. First truck rolls by at 3:15. Another before 3:30. 4 before 4AM. 9 before 4:20AM. 11 before 4:30AM. At that point I quit counting.. never saw nothing like it in my life and I've hunted over half the U.S.!

Corona definitely ain't saving Turkey on that public..and didnt stop non-res from traveling either!
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby Uncle Jesse » Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:41 pm

I'm expecting a record kill
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Re: COVID saves the turkeys

Postby Levee Jumper » Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:14 pm

I’m coughing on anybody with out of state tags that I run across.
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