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#1323204 - 05/11/09 07:16 AM 2009 Harvest Totals
captain hook
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2009:
Total harvest: 29,990
Mature Birds: 23,841
Jakes: 5,844 or 20% of the total harvest.

2008Total Harvest: 28,954
Mature Birds: 25,130
Jakes: 3,445 or 12% of harvest.

Up this year by 1100 birds, and the increase is the direct result of a doubling of the jake harvest. Mature bird harvest dropped by 1,289 birds and jake harvest increased by 2,399 birds. So in essence harvest really did not increase, and future seasons could be impacted by the massive % of jakes killed statewide.

KY Harvest

2009
28,745 birds

2008
27,073 birds

Up this year in KY by 1,672 birds.

We only killed 1,200 more birds then KY with a much longer season, and a 4 bird limit. Hmmm, wonder why? IMO there are less birds here to kill for our hunters because of the excessively high limits. I still stand by that the 4 bird limit along with the large fall limits has taken a major toll on the population of gobblers statewide. There is nothing else to blame at this point, ever since the new fangled regs were implemented our harvest has dropped considerably, and if it weren't for a massive jake explosion last year the harvest would have been down again this year. Naturally with 20% of the harvest being juvenille birds, the years to come could be negatively impacted.
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#1323242 - 05/11/09 07:37 AM Re: 2009 Harvest Totals [Re: captain hook]
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I agree the 4 bird limit is too high. The hunitng in my area is pitiful too what it was before the limits were raised.
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#1323250 - 05/11/09 07:41 AM Re: 2009 Harvest Totals [Re: muddyboots]
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With all the birds in Montana, they still have a one bird limit. Now, they do have a fall turkey hunt and if you turkey hunt both seasons, one bird has to come out of Region 7. I guess that region has a few more birds in it.
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#1323270 - 05/11/09 07:58 AM Re: 2009 Harvest Totals [Re: Outdoor Lady]
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Glad they will wait to see what impact this massive rainfall is going to have on the hatch to set next years regs. Oh wait a minute........the seasons are already set without knowing anything about how the population will be impacted.
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#1323276 - 05/11/09 08:03 AM Re: 2009 Harvest Totals [Re: captain hook]
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4 is too many. It is tempting to kill 4 but you will be doing yourself a disservice. 2 is plenty.
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#1323291 - 05/11/09 08:10 AM Re: 2009 Harvest Totals [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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4 is too many!
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#1323299 - 05/11/09 08:14 AM Re: 2009 Harvest Totals [Re: Blue5]
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Hook run those numbers from 2006-2009 and look at the four year trend.
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#1323308 - 05/11/09 08:20 AM Re: 2009 Harvest Totals [Re: bigdog7mm]
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I agree 4 is too many!
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#1323315 - 05/11/09 08:28 AM Re: 2009 Harvest Totals [Re: bigdog7mm]
captain hook
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 Originally Posted By: bigdog7mm
Hook run those numbers from 2006-2009 and look at the four year trend.


2006: 35,667
2007: 29,805
2008: 28,945
2009: 29,990


The 4 bird limit went into effect I believe in 2006 along with the massive increase to fall seasons. Of course fall seasons have increased every year thereafter as well.

The result, record harvest year 1, and falling harvests of mature birds ever since. Handwriting on the wall...
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#1323335 - 05/11/09 08:50 AM Re: 2009 Harvest Totals [Re: Outdoor Lady]
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I dont think the limit has that big of impact on the turkey population. Half the turkey population dies each year. In wayne co our numbers are way down. I think the hatch has killed us the past 3 years. If another bad hatch happens this summer,next year will be worse. We also have had an increase in critters that are more of a threat to turkeys than humans.
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