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#2817164 - 04/28/12 06:17 AM Re: anyone got 1 tag left [Re: catman529]
4onaside
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: catman529
 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
 Originally Posted By: catman529
Well that sure doesn't make em better hunters (even if they are)... it just means they are more selective \:D

I may have to change my username to Meat Hunter so people quit picking on me and my hunting methods....
They ain't pickin on you boy! lol "They" are kidding with you and there is a whole bunch of difference. And I doubt if anyone really cares how you hunt. We just appreciate the zeal you have as a young hunter for the sport. As we get older, most of us become a little more subdued in our approach,with the addition of families, careers, etc. and other life activities, other than hunting, that consume most of our time. Keep on truckin' and good luck on filling your other tag! lol
Yup I know you were kidding, but it seems there are a few who aren't. I should hopefully get to a point where I don't care what they say anymore... and stay tuned this fall for some pictures of dead hens! lol
I don't shoot hens, but it would not be rational for me to comment or care if you do, since the flocks that we are hunting are roughly 125 miles apart! Now, if you were shooting hens across the road from me, I would have a legitimate right to complain since they would be the same birds that I hunt and would effect my gobbler population in the spring.
But would it affect them any more than killing a few does would affect the buck population?
IMO it certainly would in my home area, because it, like most in Tennessee is not overrun with turkeys unlike some of your middle Tennessee counties. There is a one turkey either sex fall season in my county, but that is more for political/social reasons than it is biological. Most west Tennessee counties do not have a fall season because killing hens IS detrimental to the overall population. Every time that you kill a hen, you are removing a potential of 20 turkeys from the population. Every time that you kill a gobbler you are removing one turkey from the population. So its a totally different scenario to talk about any similarities between hen killing and either sex deer harvests.
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#2817240 - 04/28/12 09:29 AM Re: anyone got 1 tag left [Re: RUGER]
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Buddy i have barely had a chance to hunt this year. i have all 4 of mine. just hang in there if it happens it happens if not you still did good filling 3. \:\)
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#2817378 - 04/28/12 04:24 PM Re: anyone got 1 tag left [Re: Bone Collector]
catman529
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With the number of hens there are around here, I'm fine with killing a few for the meat. It's less meat but less tough too. With breast, leg, stock, and other meat pulled off the bone after making stock, you can get a lot from a hen.

I also wonder how many hens you will save by killing a coyote or two. Other predators kill hens, and turkeys are still here, so why shouldn't I? This is middle TN where they are plentiful; I would not want to kill one in an area where turkeys are less than thriving.

But please disregard what I say - I'm not a real turkey hunter.
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#2817625 - 04/29/12 01:20 AM Re: anyone got 1 tag left [Re: ]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
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Other predators kill hens, and turkeys are still here, so why shouldn't I?


Ha. You sound like a teenager justifying getting in trouble because "everybody else does it, why shouldn't I?".
Except that it's not about getting in trouble, it's the food chain.

 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
 Originally Posted By: catman529
I'm not a real turkey hunter.


No doubt about that. I'm still holding out hope for you, though. I'm glad to see you hunting and fishing. You are doing a good job and coming along nicely. I commend you for obeying the laws and doing things right. There are plenty of poachers out there. I just cannot fathom killing a hen or shooting a longbeard off the roost. I hope in time you will set your bar above "what is legal". However, I think the internet is creating a bunch of turkey killers instead of real turkey hunters. Nowdays folks are so concerned about getting home and posting pics they will kill a turkey anyway they can. I'm just glad I was taught better and have a group of guys to hunt with that set the bar a little higher than just killing.

You're forgetting I am a meat hunter. I'm not just trying to call in a longbeard to the gun, I'm trying to stock up on meat so it lasts a little while with 6 other family members eating it. Can't wait till I move out and live in a place of my own where I can keep more meat to myself. Calling a bird in may be the best way to hunt turkeys, but killing them other ways is better for getting the meat, unless you are like Setterman and have the skill to call in your limit in multiple states. You took almost 5 weeks to kill your first of the season, but it was hard earned, and you weren't trying to stock up on meat. It's a different type of turkey hunting, and I don't see what you have against meat hunting....
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#2817650 - 04/29/12 07:03 AM Re: anyone got 1 tag left [Re: catman529]
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Cat, just stay the hell off of Sally Baker Road! lol
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#2817763 - 04/29/12 12:40 PM Re: anyone got 1 tag left [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529

You're forgetting I am a meat hunter. I'm not just trying to call in a longbeard to the gun, I'm trying to stock up on meat so it lasts a little while with 6 other family members eating it.


If your that in need of meat, you would get out cheaper to buy it at the store and feed your family. Take the money you spend on ammo, gas to/from hunting location/scouting, license, incidentals, and your time doing such...... instead, go to the grocery and buy you some butterballs instead, you will get more meat too.

You know some of your posts stir the feelings of other hunters.... why waste your time trying to justify things... post you got a kill, include your pics, and some of the pertinent details.... then be done with it. That way you won't be inviting controversy.
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#2817791 - 04/29/12 01:58 PM Re: anyone got 1 tag left [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
4onaside
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Well, I'm not exactly with Grizzly on the don't try to justify things. If you honestly feel that way, then have at it. After all, it is a turkey forum. However, you should not feel put upon when the overwhelming majority of us don't have similar views as yours. That being the case, maybe you should wonder why that is so, and adjust your philosophy, as in "hunting for the meat". Obviously you live in an affluent Franklin neighborhood and don't need the meat, regardless of how hard you might try to convince to the contrary. Like the man says, if you are after the meat, butterballs are a whole lot better buy!
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#2817894 - 04/29/12 07:09 PM Re: anyone got 1 tag left [Re: 4onaside]
catman529
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I don't need the meat, I don't want butterballs, I just like wild turkey because I harvested it myself and it is all natural, free range meat that wasn't raised in a factory. I don't see why that should have to be justified... I'm following the law and I don't think it's hurting the turkey population. This WMA gets a lot of hunters and no doubt a lot of birds are killed spring and fall yet there are still plenty here.
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