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#2837333 - 05/25/12 06:46 AM Re: 4th highest harvest recorded [Re: Rockhound]
muddyboots
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This is a good discussion. Carry on.
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#2837372 - 05/25/12 07:40 AM Re: 4th highest harvest recorded [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
REN
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 Originally Posted By: 8 POINTS OR BETTER
 Originally Posted By: REN
"hunting" does not have as much of an impact on populations as some think as well.


If you have several good hunters in one area, it can have a major effect when you have a four bird limit.


no questions, and at some point hunters have to police themselves for future populations. Also you are still thinking small areas where i am talking about regions or statewide.

I mean if the limit was 1 all year but you had a lease of 30 guys that all killed one you are still defeating the purpose. Hunters have to do there part as well. I mean if you kill 10 hens in the fall and 4 gobblers a year on a small track then i really dont want to hear any complaining the next year when things are not as good as before.
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#2837379 - 05/25/12 07:47 AM Re: 4th highest harvest recorded [Re: Rockhound]
REN
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 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
I agree that its a great place to hunt but something is definitely wrong i use to walk ten minutes one way to hunt turkey now i have to drive 1.5 hours one way to evene attempt to hunt. Its crazy how it has just went dead and the fact that they cant tell u whats going on is aggravating. As i have said in other posts i have seen more promise this year than the past 5 it has me really excited for next year but im not gettin my hopes up



obviously i dont have the answers and dont pretend to, and i hope i dont put off that vide. However there is so much that can affect a population of turkeys in a given area or even county its crazy. Weather, predators, farmers or dumb non hunters baiting them which causes disease. it is hard for a population to rebound fast if a bunch are whipped out in one time frame.

the last reports i got still showed the population was on the increase statewide, which means just that. It doesnt mean the population on your road or lease is on the rise.

people always point to Middle TN as its not fair to compair to east or west tn but my question to that is, if the limit is set at 4 yet Middle TN is still growing in population how is it the cause for the destruction in other areas? and on the flip side of that what caused the excessive population 10 years ago?
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#2837408 - 05/25/12 08:24 AM Re: 4th highest harvest recorded [Re: Andy S.]
REN
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Off topic but just saw 2 nice toms in full strut with a single hen while I'm driving to the DR office lol. Man what an odd year.
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#2837447 - 05/25/12 09:03 AM Re: 4th highest harvest recorded [Re: REN]
Andy S.
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 Originally Posted By: REN
Off topic but just saw 2 nice toms in full strut with a single hen while I'm driving to the DR office lol. Man what an odd year.
I've received 2-3 reports very similar to this over the last 7-10 days from a bud up around Nashville.
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#2837598 - 05/25/12 01:04 PM Re: 4th highest harvest recorded [Re: ]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
Wow. That's a nice offer catman!
well I am glad to share a couple spots I know of in person on yanahli, I just won't say anything about the spots on the public forum of course. Also the hunting is best there early in the season. Later, the birds shut up or move to private land and frustrate you with their gobbling out of reach. I haven't learned how to successfully hunt them late in the season yet. But I can show you where I've killed some in the first 3 or 4 weeks and where they roost... Just let me know if you decide to head that way next spring.
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#2837632 - 05/25/12 01:30 PM Re: 4th highest harvest recorded [Re: Andy S.]
LB FANATIC
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Saw one yesterday and today in full strut with hens
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#2837859 - 05/25/12 09:01 PM Re: 4th highest harvest recorded [Re: LB FANATIC]
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Strutters with hens now isn't out of the question. Most likely it is young hens that are just now sexually mature. Around here the birds are hammering while I am trying to relax and catch a few fish. Bastar_ _ . \:\)
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#2837947 - 05/26/12 12:10 AM Re: 4th highest harvest recorded [Re: Setterman]
catman529
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Haven't heard a gobble since my last hunt but then I haven't been in the turkey woods much since then. I have seen turkeys though although no strutting or gobbling.
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#2838003 - 05/26/12 07:35 AM Re: 4th highest harvest recorded [Re: Andy S.]
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I dont blame twra and i definitely dont blame 4 bird limits for my area and it is not just my "road or lease " its covers Lawrence and Wayne counties i know those two for sure. Its not as bad in the northern part of the counties as the south but still very noticeable. Whatever killed the turkeys killed them to a prettg much unhuntable population in a matter of a out 3 years. Its been like this since 2006 or 2007 by the way. Im not comparing anything either look at the map im as dead in middle tn as you. We border murray county.
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