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#1254090 - 03/23/09 08:07 AM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: Trapper John]
muddyboots
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The numbers are way down. How or why i do not know but it blows.
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#1254272 - 03/23/09 10:30 AM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: Trapper John]
4onaside
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 Originally Posted By: Trapper John
Tons of tracks on our farm in southern Decatur County. Right on time. They usually appear in mid-March.

Not sure what's going on elsewhere.
 Originally Posted By: Trapper John
Tons of tracks on our farm in southern Decatur County. Right on time. They usually appear in mid-March.

Not sure what's going on elsewhere.
Maybe you can "shew" some of them up to the north end of the county. I'm hopeful that some of them will magically show up within the next few weeks! lol
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#1254447 - 03/23/09 02:06 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: 4onaside]
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I saw none of the large winter flocks like I used to see here either, and its not cause I aint out there lmao. Heard 2 birds Saturday where I used to hear 10, saw 1 hen where I used to see 30 plus. Heard 0 birds Sunday where I used to hear 2 or 3, saw zero. Im in the woods every day and out driving the places where there is the most turkeys in the county daily and still seeing very few turkeys. It aint just a fluke and that they are just "in hiding"

Not to mention there were just 2 birds checked in my county for the juvi hunt, and at least one of those was a jake. Sure the weather was cold early but I think that number is revealing of just how bad it is getting.


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#1254601 - 03/23/09 04:09 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: smstone22]
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Juvie weekend kills down 75% in my county from last year!!!! Just can't kill what isn't there. It's that simple.
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#1254685 - 03/23/09 05:00 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: megalomaniac]
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 Originally Posted By: megalomaniac
Juvie weekend kills down 75% in my county from last year!!!! Just can't kill what isn't there. It's that simple.
What is your county?
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#1256603 - 03/24/09 05:14 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: 4onaside]
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#1257084 - 03/24/09 08:15 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: megalomaniac]
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I posted some where else on here that i wasn't hearing them either. Ben hunting GA and nothing. Cousin killed one this evening, but only gobbled once. Not seeing the numbers here either. Spoke with the game warden a while back and he said that the baiting with piled corn has taken a tole on them in GA. He said that piled corn, when wet, produces an aphla toxin that will kill turkeys. I couldn't imagine there could be enough corn to cause that much of a detriment though. Just a thought.
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#1257149 - 03/24/09 08:42 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: TNDOC]
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 Originally Posted By: TNDOC
I posted some where else on here that i wasn't hearing them either. Ben hunting GA and nothing. Cousin killed one this evening, but only gobbled once. Not seeing the numbers here either. Spoke with the game warden a while back and he said that the baiting with piled corn has taken a tole on them in GA. He said that piled corn, when wet, produces an aphla toxin that will kill turkeys. I couldn't imagine there could be enough corn to cause that much of a detriment though. Just a thought.
I can't imagine aflatoxin poisoning taking out entire populations, entire areas. I can understand that If one individual put out uncertified corn and it got wet,and aflatoxins were present that it would do a number on one flock, but not widescale. However,after harvest surveys are examined, the biologists should be able to determine if there is a widespread population crash, or just localized. We'll see.
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