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#2828888 - 05/14/12 05:37 PM Re: A few thoughts on this season [Re: Setterman]
Roost 1
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Registered: 07/24/11
Posts: 4351
Loc: KY

Around here where I live alot of farmers started cutting hay early I wonder how many nests were destroyed and maybe hens killed because of this.....I go with #3 as I have always thought warm temps early made for better hunting in the early season..However I have never seen the gobblers seem so uninterested so early in season. I think the quick green up and the usually hot temps shut them down...
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#2828898 - 05/14/12 05:46 PM Re: A few thoughts on this season [Re: Setterman]
sure shot
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Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 1513
Loc: robertson,co TN

#3 here as well.
patience is a virtue some people...will never possess......... Tn river and a mountain man

#2828914 - 05/14/12 06:09 PM Re: A few thoughts on this season [Re: Setterman]
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Registered: 12/20/09
Posts: 2912
Loc: Tn

 Originally Posted By: Setterman
 Originally Posted By: RAFI
wth man earlier when i asked you you didnt ever miss a bird lol

Where have you been, there was a huge discussion just 10 days ago about this. I switched weapons and had all kinds of issues, and I mean all kinds. Sucks that happened, and still stings, but all seems to be good with the new gun.

been working a lot so i guess I missed that thread \:D

#2829035 - 05/14/12 08:25 PM Re: A few thoughts on this season [Re: RAFI]
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Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 3088
Loc: Middle

Don't forget all the cicadas and mild winter made for a healthier population of young hens? What's talks thoughts on that?
"Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear. Brilliant is when you know which half to believe"

#2829048 - 05/14/12 08:34 PM Re: A few thoughts on this season [Re: TNTomtaker01]
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Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19786
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

I'm not sure but like Roost1 I've wondered if the # of nests and hens killed by cutting hay was higher, lower, or about the same as normal since they were cutting earlier too.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

#2829061 - 05/14/12 08:45 PM Re: A few thoughts on this season [Re: TNTomtaker01]
Anonymous TnDeer Old Timer

No complaints here. Was fortunate enough to kill longbeards in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Hunted gobbling turkeys on the mountain right up till yesterday and I'm sure they will continue to gobble right on through the end of the month.Sad this morning, woke up at 4:45(no alarm) with nowhere to go. Spent all day cleaning out my vest and putting stuff away. Sure 'nuff going to miss it.
#2829096 - 05/14/12 09:13 PM Re: A few thoughts on this season [Re: TNTomtaker01]
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Registered: 12/31/09
Posts: 2396
Loc: Knoxville, TN

 Originally Posted By: TNTomtaker01
Don't forget all the cicadas and mild winter made for a healthier population of young hens? What's talks thoughts on that?

Absolutely, and in this area we had a massive mast year as well, both soft and hard masts. The mild winter meant birds didn't have to expend near the energy staying warm, and were able to easily find food.

I think the perfect storm occurred, and thus led to the results many of us felt during the season. I would also bet this is an anomaly, and something that will be discussed for a long time to come.

Edited by Setterman (05/14/12 09:13 PM)

#2831391 - 05/17/12 02:53 PM Re: A few thoughts on this season [Re: Setterman]
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Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5235
Loc: Mississippi

On my farms in mid TN the mature hens were already bred at the opener (what a nice change, and the way the season should be structured for optimal reproduction).

As a consequence, the gobblers were ridiculously easy to kill, even to the point where it wasn't even fun. No challenge whatsoever, and in fact, I had to keep several guys I was guiding off birds to keep from killing too many too early.

As the season wore on, the majority of gobblers were killed, making them more scarce to locate. On my farms, the gobblers getting back with hens later in the season were going after the few jennies that had reached sexual maturity and became receptive. But all the mature hens were already setting.

Gonna be a great hatch this year for the first time in a LONG time \:\)

We chopped up a couple hens/nests first of May cutting hay. Got another 120 acres to cut this week... hopefully they will have already hatched in that area.

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