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#1280765 - 04/07/09 06:43 PM Newbie Question (Long Post Sorry)
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Hello all. I am a new member to the site however I have been reading posts for several weeks. I have gained some great information regarding turkey hunting while reading this website. I would like to say thanks to the moderators for maintaining such a great site and all the members for sharing tips and great stories. I don't want to get to windy on the first post however I have a question or two that some of you fellow hunters may be able to help me with. I am resident of southwest VA and this is my first season of hunting in TN. I have been out the past two weekends chasing turkeys on public lands in Sullivan and Johnson counties in East TN. Opening weekend we managed to hear some gobbling however I was amazed at how much hunting was going on in the Cherokee National Forest. This past weekend I went out both Saturday and Sunday. It was very windy Saturday morning and we didn't hear a bird nor did we on Sunday. I got up very high on Holston mountain Sunday morning so I could hear well as it was not very windy but I still didn't hear a bird. Can anyone tell me if they had any experience in these counties lately. I know no one wants to give away there spots and I understand that I am just curious if the hunting pressure has given them lockjaw, if I was just not in the right places, or if the birds were just shut down due to hens? I apologize for the lengthy post and as I mentioned earlier I enjoy the readings on this site.
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#1280810 - 04/07/09 07:12 PM Re: Newbie Question (Long Post Sorry) [Re: tnnewbie]
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if the toms are henned up most of the time they dont gobble as much.
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#1280819 - 04/07/09 07:18 PM Re: Newbie Question (Long Post Sorry) [Re: LA man]
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Yeah I was afraid they may be henned up. But after looking at the harvest report, it looks as though this weekend in those two counties there were 30 birds each killed in two days. Sounds like someone found some talking turkeys as well as turkeys that weren't with hens. I may just be in the wrong spots. Both days there were trucks parked at most every gate so there is lots of pressure on these birds.
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#1281090 - 04/07/09 08:49 PM Re: Newbie Question (Long Post Sorry) [Re: tnnewbie]
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All that pressure will shut them up,I'd try going during the week maybe.
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#1281225 - 04/07/09 09:42 PM Re: Newbie Question (Long Post Sorry) [Re: CopperHead77]
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Welcome to the site! As far as Sullivan county goes, I'd say SMH has killed them all.
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#1281515 - 04/08/09 07:43 AM Re: Newbie Question (Long Post Sorry) [Re: stretch]
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I hope someone has had some luck. I assure you that its not been me. Captain Hook I believe you are correct about the mountain birds. It seems as though they are always half way down on mountains and you are definately correct about the top of mountains being a desolate place for wildlife.
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#1281990 - 04/08/09 01:25 PM Re: Newbie Question (Long Post Sorry) [Re: ]
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Yeah been from Southwest VA I can relate to the turkeys not quite been ready in early April. It seems as though every year the birds begin to get very vocal about the third week of April on in to May.
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