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#1228150 - 03/10/09 11:37 AM WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE
midman
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Is there normally a best week for turkey hunting in Tennessee like deer hunting or no...im sure alot depends on weather trying to figure out when to take vacation.. any suggestions
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#1228208 - 03/10/09 12:08 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: midman]
Lawrence
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I take a week of vacation every year the first week
I like it the best the birds are not pressured and they gobble good.
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#1228248 - 03/10/09 12:16 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: Lawrence]
buckdead
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i like the first week the best. seems like the birds are gobbling the best then most of the time.
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#1228351 - 03/10/09 12:47 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: ]
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I like the first week.
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#1228458 - 03/10/09 01:44 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
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anytime i can get out!!

first week is great if the weather has been warm enough, mid april is also very good. The only time i tend to not like much is the last week.

last week you can still kill them fine but by then i am wore out from hunting and it is HOTTTTTT!!!
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#1228566 - 03/10/09 03:26 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: Lawrence]
BV
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 Originally Posted By: Lawrence
I take a week of vacation every year the first week
I like it the best the birds are not pressured and they gobble good.


What he said.
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#1228570 - 03/10/09 03:27 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: BV]
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They seem to gobble the most at the beginning at at the end of the season. There is always a lull sort of for me where the birds arent as vocal some time in the middle of the season.
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#1228591 - 03/10/09 03:40 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: BV]
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i have always heard and seen more birds on the 3rd weekend.
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#1228603 - 03/10/09 03:46 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: stik]
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I like to be out there at the beginning just because I've waited 11 months for it to open back up. However, I like getting after those late season birds that are looking for that lonely hen that hasn't been bred yet. Anytime to be after them is a good time.
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#1228723 - 03/10/09 05:14 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: ]
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My best success comes in the latter part of the season. The last 2 or 3 weeks. The gobblers seem to be more willing to come to calls than early season while they are all henned up. They are not as vocal in late season but my success is better then.
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#1228731 - 03/10/09 05:18 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: MRUTVOL]
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i always had alot of luck the 3rd week in april...for some reason april 21st has been good to me in the past
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#1228819 - 03/10/09 06:36 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: ]
BV
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook
Every week the season is open.

Thats a fair statement
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#1229478 - 03/10/09 10:51 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: Gravey]
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I hear alot of bird @ the first of season but it seems they are henned up right off the roost.Mid season action is slow but I still hear some birds. My opinion is late season is the best as long as U haven't pressured the birds and got them call shy.
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#1229563 - 03/10/09 11:50 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: stik]
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 Originally Posted By: stik
i have always heard and seen more birds on the 3rd weekend.


That's prob my fav time also.
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#1229952 - 03/11/09 08:54 AM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: Gravey]
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When the Dogwoods bloom,the gobblers are gettin it on!
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#1230138 - 03/11/09 10:43 AM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook
Every week the season is open.


I agree! Didn't know there was a bad time to be in the spring turkey woods chasing them gobblers.......

Every year is different IMO. Sometimes its real good at the first and bad at the end, then other times it right the opposite. Thats why its important to hunt it all the way through. BUT,.. if i only had one week to hunt period and thats its thats all,.. it would be the 3rd week in april. Right in the middle!!
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#1230411 - 03/11/09 01:50 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: deerchaser007]
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3rd week for me....
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#1230451 - 03/11/09 02:18 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: cruff10]
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By FAR, the best week of the season is the second week of April. Birds have definetly broken up from winter flocks and are most vulnerable to calling.

That being said, I gave the second week up a few years ago simply because so many birds were killed opening week leaving around half the number of birds to chase by the second week. For that reason, I always hunt the opener now. But it's a gamble... a cold, late winter could potentially result in a complete bust, though.

That's also why I'm a little pissed about them screwing with opening week dates and opening the season the earliest it has ever opened since I've been hunting. So much for tying the opener to the 'saturday closest to April 1'...

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#1230473 - 03/11/09 02:31 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: megalomaniac]
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I'm sure it is different in other areas but the first week in May is always awesome for me. I always kill a lot of birds during mid April but for whatever reason I have killed a longbeard during the last weekend of the season for the last 9 years.
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#1230491 - 03/11/09 02:43 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: cruff10]
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10
3rd week for me....
I have to agree!
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#1230538 - 03/11/09 03:16 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: megalomaniac]
Lawrence
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 Originally Posted By: megalomaniac
By FAR, the best week of the season is the second week of April. Birds have definetly broken up from winter flocks and are most vulnerable to calling.

That being said, I gave the second week up a few years ago simply because so many birds were killed opening week leaving around half the number of birds to chase by the second week. For that reason, I always hunt the opener now. But it's a gamble... a cold, late winter could potentially result in a complete bust, though.

That's also why I'm a little pissed about them screwing with opening week dates and opening the season the earliest it has ever opened since I've been hunting. So much for tying the opener to the 'saturday closest to April 1'...


How long have you been turkey hunting in Tennessee?
Season always starts the last weekend in March
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#1230706 - 03/11/09 04:48 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: Lawrence]
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 Originally Posted By: Lawrence
 Originally Posted By: megalomaniac
By FAR, the best week of the season is the second week of April. Birds have definetly broken up from winter flocks and are most vulnerable to calling.

That being said, I gave the second week up a few years ago simply because so many birds were killed opening week leaving around half the number of birds to chase by the second week. For that reason, I always hunt the opener now. But it's a gamble... a cold, late winter could potentially result in a complete bust, though.

That's also why I'm a little pissed about them screwing with opening week dates and opening the season the earliest it has ever opened since I've been hunting. So much for tying the opener to the 'saturday closest to April 1'...


How long have you been turkey hunting in Tennessee?
Season always starts the last weekend in March




Since 1988.

Season has never been tied to the last weekend in March... until THIS year. For some reason, the season opening dates were changed last fall.

Season has always opened 'the saturday closest to April 1' which is sometimes in March, sometimes in April. This is the EARLIEST opening day of turkey season on record. They way the season has been set in years past, season would have opened April 4 this year.

The biggest problem with dates so early is that the season opens before most hens have been bred...not a problem if multiple gobblers are in an area, but in sparsely populated areas could result in removal of the males before breeding.


Edited by megalomaniac (03/11/09 04:50 PM)
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#1230852 - 03/11/09 06:13 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: megalomaniac]
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megalmaniac,

The season use to always open the last weekend in March. It did for years until they started having the juvenile season.

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#1231071 - 03/11/09 07:23 PM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: Gravey]
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Anytime
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#1232127 - 03/12/09 11:14 AM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: bigdog7mm]
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 Originally Posted By: bigdog7mm
megalmaniac,

The season use to always open the last weekend in March. It did for years until they started having the juvenile season.


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#1234278 - 03/13/09 10:32 AM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: midman]
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April 12th through the 18th!!! ;\)
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#1237959 - 03/15/09 09:03 AM Re: WHATS BEST WEEK IN TENNESSEE [Re: spitndrum]
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the week thier in thier prime,i've killed em in rain,snow,and sunshine,
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