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#2820556 - 05/03/12 09:12 AM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Hunt 365]
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 Originally Posted By: Matt.Wilson
have found hatched eggs at 2 different TN places. Friend of mine saw poults this past weekend






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#2820609 - 05/03/12 10:24 AM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: REN]
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I think you got it wrong REN...here Y'ALL go again. \:\)
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#2821354 - 05/04/12 09:55 AM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Andy S.]
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Staying out of it...this time.

Poults could be showing anytime now all over the SE, and that would be pretty normal. Anytime after May 1st it is possible, anytime prior to May 1st is highly unlikely.

I saw a chupacabra yesterday FWIW.

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#2821377 - 05/04/12 10:20 AM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Setterman]
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Just got word of two large groups of poults today on one of our leases. Great news to hear, considering last 2 yrs hatch/floods
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#2821437 - 05/04/12 11:37 AM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Bullfrog]
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 Originally Posted By: Bullfrog
Just got word of two large groups of poults today on one of our leases. Great news to hear, considering last 2 yrs hatch/floods


How big were the poults? If they are bigger then puffball sized, insert me rolling my eyes.

Amazing how poults are popping everywhere in TN, however there are no confirmed sightings anywhere in the South (Miss, GA, Bama) yet. That makes any poult sightings suspect, considering historical date which supports poults hatching 2-4 weeks sooner at points further south than point here in the pseudo north.


Edited by Setterman (05/04/12 11:37 AM)

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#2821471 - 05/04/12 12:24 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Setterman]
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I had a hen with 4 poults cross the road in front of me on Wednesday a mile down the road from my place in Hickman County.

Oh, wait - I didn't get a picture of it so I'm sure someone here will say I was mistaken and it was probably just a buzzard crossing the road with 4 doves in tow.......

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#2821484 - 05/04/12 12:32 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: woodchuckc]
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 Originally Posted By: woodchuckc
I had a hen with 4 poults cross the road in front of me on Wednesday a mile down the road from my place in Hickman County.

Oh, wait - I didn't get a picture of it so I'm sure someone here will say I was mistaken and it was probably just a buzzard crossing the road with 4 doves in tow.......


How big were the poults? No one ever seems to answer this follow up question...

If there were only 4 of them, then I feel sorry for the population in your area, and your hunting in the future. If there are 4 now, there might be 1 make it, if you are really lucky.

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#2821513 - 05/04/12 01:06 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Setterman]
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Body-wise, they were about the size of doves (they were probably 5 or so days old, I would guess - they didn't look freshly hatched).

The only reason I have a decent population of birds in my area is there are very few turkey hunters in my immediate area. There are a ton of bobcats, possums, armadillos, etc. around that I am sure take a heavy toll on the eggs and young birds.

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#2821514 - 05/04/12 01:07 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: Setterman]
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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
Staying out of it...this time.

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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
 Originally Posted By: Bullfrog
Just got word of two large groups of poults today on one of our leases. Great news to hear, considering last 2 yrs hatch/floods


How big were the poults? If they are bigger then puffball sized, insert me rolling my eyes.

Amazing how poults are popping everywhere in TN, however there are no confirmed sightings anywhere in the South (Miss, GA, Bama) yet. That makes any poult sightings suspect, considering historical date which supports poults hatching 2-4 weeks sooner at points further south than point here in the pseudo north.



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#2821532 - 05/04/12 01:36 PM Re: Hatched turkey Egg [Re: woodchuckc]
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 Originally Posted By: woodchuckc
Body-wise, they were about the size of doves (they were probably 5 or so days old, I would guess - they didn't look freshly hatched).
Very believable IMO. Just like the deer rut has a forecasted peak date, so does the turkeys (photoperiod). I suspect it is more localized that we may want to believe, same can be said for deer. With that being said, I personally believe a fair number of does and hens are bred well before and after this forecasted peak date. Basically, it is just like a Bell curve with 70-80% being timed about the same and 20-30% outliers that randomly fall before and after the peak, 10-15% before and 10-15% after if evenly distributed. You could have seen some of the 10-15% that were bred early, just as others could have with their observations while afield. I am not saying I believe every hen was bred that early, just that it is possible a fair number were and people are luckily crossing paths with some of those hens and poults this year.


Edited by Andy S. (05/04/12 01:48 PM)
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