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#2853450 - 06/18/12 02:45 PM Are there too many hens?
Setterman
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I am no supporter of the NWTF, with that said read the below.

Some things to consider when lowering the boom this fall or next spring on hens.

http://www.nwtf.org/articles.php?id=13736

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#2853473 - 06/18/12 03:25 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Setterman]
catman529
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Interesting read.

Hope the TWRA knows what they are doing with fall bag limits, because I will shoot birds of either sex in the fall.
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#2853569 - 06/18/12 06:21 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: catman529]
pledbetter
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Good post setterman.
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#2853575 - 06/18/12 06:38 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Setterman]
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I always figured that I'd rather have more hens to produce little turkeys and simply compete with them each spring than the other way around. Having 'endured' hunting in places with really poor populations, it's a tradeoff I'm happy to deal with every April.
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#2853583 - 06/18/12 06:47 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Boll Weevil]
Lawrence
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Well when the state kills 35,000 - 40,000 male birds a year and 5 or 6000 hens it wont take long for the numbers to get out of control.
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#2853623 - 06/18/12 07:42 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Lawrence]
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Way less hens here than used too be.
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#2853654 - 06/18/12 08:39 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: muddyboots]
smstone22
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Im glad to see them putting that out. I wouldnt even consider allowing hens to be taken in my area, to few turkey as it is.
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#2853728 - 06/18/12 10:02 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Lawrence]
Setterman
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 Originally Posted By: Lawrence
Well when the state kills 35,000 - 40,000 male birds a year and 5 or 6000 hens it wont take long for the numbers to get out of control.


Didn't take time to read the attached article, did you?

Might want to comprehend all of the info before making a reply.

I am at a loss for words to be honest, and that doesn't happen very often.

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#2853757 - 06/18/12 10:46 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Setterman]
Vermin93
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Why are you not a supporter of the NWTF? I'm new to turkey hunting and know very little about that organization.
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#2853798 - 06/19/12 05:06 AM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Setterman]
Lawrence
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How did I know you would chime in with some smart reply
Setterman you are a piece of work
you are constantly attacking someone one here
with your attitude and smart mouth
this is not the first time you have done this to me
To be honest I did read the whole story and I knew when I posted this you would be your normal self.
It was a test and yes you passed once again
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#2853802 - 06/19/12 05:44 AM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Lawrence]
Setterman
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 Originally Posted By: Lawrence
How did I know you would chime in with some smart reply
Setterman you are a piece of work
you are constantly attacking someone one here
with your attitude and smart mouth
this is not the first time you have done this to me
To be honest I did read the whole story and I knew when I posted this you would be your normal self.
It was a test and yes you passed once again


?????

Okay.

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#2853803 - 06/19/12 05:47 AM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Setterman]
stik
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the only reason i even started turkey hunting is to get rid of the things. they vaccuum all the acorns up in a week and the deer go elsewhere.
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#2853875 - 06/19/12 07:45 AM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: stik]
Andy S.
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Good article that summarized some valid points, but nothing new or alarming to me. I choose to not shoot hens for the exact reason Boll Weevil stated. That is my personal choice based on the areas I hunt and my experiences over the last decade. I cannot speak for some of the more densely populated areas such as Dickson, Maury and Greene counties. I remember some of the members here posting they have heard 15-40 gobblers in one morning in the last few seasons. I cannot imagine hunting an area with a population like that. First, I would be in heaven and second, I might would consider some hen harvest if the local population was growing exponentially and the additional harvest was warranted. Unfortunately, I do not have that problem in the areas I hunt.

For those that like to read and learn about wild turkey biology, management and the science involved, check out the turkey hunting pages of South Carolina and Missouri. I have read about every article they have. Couple this with 25 days every spring in the turkey woods and I can say I have learned a lot over the past fifteen years.

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/turkey/

http://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/turkey-hunting
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#2853980 - 06/19/12 09:11 AM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: muddyboots]
CAMARO12
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 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
Way less hens here than used too be.
Same situation here, muddy. I can't understand why our numbers are decreasing and Middle Tennessee's numbers are increasing???

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#2855526 - 06/20/12 05:42 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: CAMARO12]
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I hunt coffee county alot and from my experince there are way to many hens.It dosnt bother me to shoot one in the fall for Thanksgiving but I wouldnt want them to be wiped out either.I have hunted in areas with low turkey populations and I would rather have too many hens than none at all.
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#2855617 - 06/20/12 07:16 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: timberjack86]
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I always figuerd that it would be like deer hunt'n, TWRA would build a huge herd of does to buck ratio, I bet of all the deer I see 1 of 30 are bucks.

I get that ya need females to reproduce butther seems to be an awfull lot of'em compared to males.
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#2855766 - 06/20/12 09:40 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: FOX FIRE]
Setterman
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Read the article. It makes as good a case as possible as to why killing hens should be avoided.

I understand everyone has an opinion, but at least read the information provided.

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