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#1277842 - 04/06/09 07:40 AM Harvest is up
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Harvest is up this year by just over 1,000 birds. Good news, but there is bad news in that good news. The percentage of jakes has jumped 10% during the same time period as last year.

Counties like Greene, Unicoi, and others across the state are seeing 50% jake harvests this season. That is insanely high IMO.

Good news is though the total harvest is up, and if a few jakes survive we will have a great season next year and the following year.
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#1277849 - 04/06/09 07:43 AM Re: Harvest is up [Re: captain hook]
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#1278155 - 04/06/09 11:21 AM Re: Harvest is up [Re: Cuttin Caller]
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Harvest is down 33% in my county (Bedford) yet again this year. Population is less than 1/5 of what it was back in the 90's.

Statewide the poor jakes are being tooled. At least they'll provide a buffer for the LB's so hopefully all the mature hens get bred.

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#1278171 - 04/06/09 11:28 AM Re: Harvest is up [Re: megalomaniac]
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We are seeing high jake harvests as well. We have some areas with alot of birds and also areas that normally have alot of birds have very very few. My Dad is ready to quit for the year, and I have to say that I am too because the area we hunt is way way down. Its just not fun at all anymore to go out and not hear a single bird on a couple thousand acres. My whole counties harvest numbers are stable but jakes are being slaughtered. This will just cause more problems next year.

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#1278229 - 04/06/09 11:57 AM Re: Harvest is up [Re: smstone22]
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Looks like cannon county is right on track as far as harvest from last year. The difference ,.. last year the harvest of jakes was 9% this year its 25%!!
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#1278242 - 04/06/09 12:02 PM Re: Harvest is up [Re: deerchaser007]
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IMO, the high jake harvest shows; one because we had a good hatch last year, and two because a tag is devalued because we have so many.

Maybe if we are going to keep the 4 tags we ought to have a 1 jake reg to sustain good gobbler populations from year to year.

The jake harvest this year is ridiculously high.
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#1278277 - 04/06/09 12:22 PM Re: Harvest is up [Re: captain hook]
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I don't see how anything is remotely accurrate with figures we get as to how many jakes are killed and so on,the bird I checked in Sat wasn't even looked at or asked about! The lady handed me a tape measure and scale and said here you go,I asked her if she needed me to write it all down and she said "nope, here's your next kill tag" didn't ask any questions or anything,and this is not some mom and pop store,this was the main check station for this county.
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#1278329 - 04/06/09 12:49 PM Re: Harvest is up [Re: CopperHead77]
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agree with Whitetail, the store i check all mine in at the house never even look at them...hell you could say 24"beard and 42lbs and the lady would type it in that way.

I have not seen an abnormal amount of jakes on the farms i hunt however i know some guys that are seeing ALOT more then normal. Heck one farm a buddy hunts in Bedford county has a group of 22 jakes running together. Man that is alot of jakes!!!!!
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#1278342 - 04/06/09 01:08 PM Re: Harvest is up [Re: captain hook]
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I agree the number of jakes out this year is insane. Not to mention the fact that they are gobbling which is even more insane. But, I feel there is not much fun in shooting a jake they dont have spurs and there is no real beard to speak of so its not that much of a trophy unless your a youth or its your first bird. It would be like if ihave killed several good deer and then I decide to go start shotting spikes and four points on the farm I have killed the good deer on. That wouldnt give the deer a chance to grow up and be a good deer. Its the same with turkeys you will never have a trophy as long as you shot the little ones.
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#1278362 - 04/06/09 01:26 PM Re: Harvest is up [Re: tnhunter26]
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 Originally Posted By: tnhunter26
I agree the number of jakes out this year is insane. Not to mention the fact that they are gobbling which is even more insane. But, I feel there is not much fun in shooting a jake they dont have spurs and there is no real beard to speak of so its not that much of a trophy unless your a youth or its your first bird. It would be like if ihave killed several good deer and then I decide to go start shotting spikes and four points on the farm I have killed the good deer on. That wouldnt give the deer a chance to grow up and be a good deer. Its the same with turkeys you will never have a trophy as long as you shot the little ones.



this is prob a WHOLE different thread that has been beaten like a drum on here but i agree....that is just my opinion though.
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