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#1250855 - 03/20/09 11:37 PM Have the birds gone underground?
4onaside
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Not seeing any around our place in Decatur county. Last weekend drove from Jackson to South Williamson county thru some of the best turkey areas in the state and saw zilch in the fields. Drove from Jackson to the place today, nary a sighting. No droppings or shed feathers in our substantial pastures. My barber who lives adjacent to Natchez Trace Park and is always seeing them, told me today that he has not seen any birds in a while. The only redeeming factor was that I set up a blind in the woods on our place and the woods were tore up! Scratching today! Maybe there is some hope after all. What is everybody seeing?
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#1250859 - 03/20/09 11:40 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: 4onaside]
TNTomtaker01
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Struggling to say the least. Usually covered in birds and now nothing. Hope something changes before next weekend.
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#1250870 - 03/20/09 11:48 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: TNTomtaker01]
Outdoor Lady
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We are covered up in them here at our place. We have three groups of 30+ birds. I hope they stay around a couple of weeks.
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#1250992 - 03/21/09 07:24 AM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: Outdoor Lady]
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Turkeys, like deer, STILL have TONS of acorns to eat. Woods, especially near White oaks, are TORN UP!

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#1252089 - 03/21/09 08:32 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: ]
Buckblaster
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My place was vacant last year and it is absolutely packed this year with them. I was out an hour today and called in a tom that hung at 60 yards acorss a branch and had one double gobbling at me on the way out.
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#1252096 - 03/21/09 08:38 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: Buckblaster]
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They're still in large flocks and haven't busted up yet. I'm keepin' my fingers crossed they bust up soon. When they do, sightings will get back to normal.
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#1252108 - 03/21/09 08:50 PM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: BigGameGuy]
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seen a bunch today
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#1252512 - 03/22/09 08:31 AM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: BigGameGuy]
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 Originally Posted By: BigGameGuy
They're still in large flocks and haven't busted up yet. I'm keepin' my fingers crossed they bust up soon. When they do, sightings will get back to normal.

MAYBE so, but where are all those "big flocks"????????? If a 100 acre farm is all youve got to hunt, then YES I can see how some people would think they are gone when in actuality they are simply a mile or so away on another farm. BUT when you look over 3 or 4 COUNTIES and cant find birds ANYWHERE that they always were before, how do you explain that??? I still say we have had a massive die off in some areas of the state and as of yet, nobody official is willing to admit it.
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#1252533 - 03/22/09 09:12 AM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: Huntaholic]
4onaside
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 Originally Posted By: Huntaholic
 Originally Posted By: BigGameGuy
They're still in large flocks and haven't busted up yet. I'm keepin' my fingers crossed they bust up soon. When they do, sightings will get back to normal.

MAYBE so, but where are all those "big flocks"????????? If a 100 acre farm is all youve got to hunt, then YES I can see how some people would think they are gone when in actuality they are simply a mile or so away on another farm. BUT when you look over 3 or 4 COUNTIES and cant find birds ANYWHERE that they always were before, how do you explain that??? I still say we have had a massive die off in some areas of the state and as of yet, nobody official is willing to admit it.
I agree with your logic, because I did not/have not seen the large flocks recently either. And what you say about some sort of crash in many areas may be true, perish the thought. lol However, I doubt if its a question about "nobody official is willing to admit it". IMO its a question of that situation has not been determined to be a fact as yet. As the season progresses, we will probably know for sure, one way or another.
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#1252548 - 03/22/09 09:39 AM Re: Have the birds gone underground? [Re: 4onaside]
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fished center hill yesterday and normally you can hear them popping off everywhere. Fished almost 12 hours and heard a big fat none not one bird sounded off. It was very cold. I it is still early around here.
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