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#2853802 - 06/19/12 05:44 AM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Lawrence]
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Registered: 12/31/09
Posts: 2396
Loc: Knoxville, TN

 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



#2853803 - 06/19/12 05:47 AM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: Setterman]
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Registered: 03/12/99
Posts: 21393
Loc: lenoir city,tn

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.

#2853875 - 06/19/12 07:45 AM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: stik]
Andy S.
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14 Point

Registered: 07/26/99
Posts: 8090
Loc: Atoka, TN

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.
Andy S.

If I had saved all the money I spent on hunting, I'd spend it on hunting.

#2855526 - 06/20/12 05:42 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: ]
14 Point

Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 8269
Loc: Grundy county

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.
Team Run 'N Gunners

#2855617 - 06/20/12 07:16 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: timberjack86]
8 Point

Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 1325
Loc: Mt. Eagle

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.
When I was just a baby, my mama told me son, always be a good boy, dont ever play with guns.

#2855766 - 06/20/12 09:40 PM Re: Are there too many hens? [Re: FOX FIRE]
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Registered: 12/31/09
Posts: 2396
Loc: Knoxville, TN

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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