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#3240021 - 05/05/13 10:30 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: pressfit]
Rockhound
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
We got them every where in the north end.. they are like the deer are.. I dont even check up now when I see them.. I got 2 gobblers that wake me up 2-3 times a week gobbling in my back yard.. i'm fixing to kill them both so i can get a little more shut eye..LOL


I can help... \:\)
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#3240024 - 05/05/13 10:37 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: Rockhound]
Rockhound
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Laurel hill WMA harvest this season -14
Laurel hill WMA harvest 2006 -44
Laurel hill WMA harvest 2012 -17
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#3240087 - 05/06/13 06:41 AM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: Rockhound]
wlf89
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let us all know what they say barkley i will be at work.
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#3240093 - 05/06/13 06:59 AM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: pressfit]
ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
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I never thought they would decline
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#3240149 - 05/06/13 08:05 AM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: Jarred525]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: Jarred525
Somebody please report back after this meeting. Very interested to hear what TWRA says. Our numbers in South Giles are way off this year.


They have been going down since 2007. Don't know how many people I have talked to about this, but it is for sure true. North of highway 64 seems to be the same or on the rise.

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#3240200 - 05/06/13 09:04 AM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: woodsman87]
Jarred525
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 Originally Posted By: woodsman87
 Originally Posted By: Jarred525
Somebody please report back after this meeting. Very interested to hear what TWRA says. Our numbers in South Giles are way off this year.


They have been going down since 2007. Don't know how many people I have talked to about this, but it is for sure true. North of highway 64 seems to be the same or on the rise.


I can attest to that. But I would say the most rapid decline has been from last year to this year. Used t, you could ride up and down the road and see tons of turkeys out in fields. I am just not seeing that anymore.

On our place, we have killed one bird this year. In a normal year we kill at least 5 or 6. Amazing how big a difference if you drive 10 miles north our east of our place. My dad hunts a farm in Lincoln that is loaded! Only 10 miles away as the crow flies.

I have heard rumors of disease, birds being trapped out, etc... Will be glad to hear what TWRA has to say. Wish I could be there. Somebody take good notes.

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#3240228 - 05/06/13 09:45 AM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: Jarred525]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: Jarred525
 Originally Posted By: woodsman87
 Originally Posted By: Jarred525
Somebody please report back after this meeting. Very interested to hear what TWRA says. Our numbers in South Giles are way off this year.


They have been going down since 2007. Don't know how many people I have talked to about this, but it is for sure true. North of highway 64 seems to be the same or on the rise.


I can attest to that. But I would say the most rapid decline has been from last year to this year. Used t, you could ride up and down the road and see tons of turkeys out in fields. I am just not seeing that anymore.

On our place, we have killed one bird this year. In a normal year we kill at least 5 or 6. Amazing how big a difference if you drive 10 miles north our east of our place. My dad hunts a farm in Lincoln that is loaded! Only 10 miles away as the crow flies.

I have heard rumors of disease, birds being trapped out, etc... Will be glad to hear what TWRA has to say. Wish I could be there. Somebody take good notes.


Im not sure of where your spots is, but I believe the most drastic drop from what I could tell was 2006-2007 or 07-08. I think we had one good year in '10. but since 2007 numbers have dropped.
Some people say "well alot of people do not even check their turkeys in, and the new check-in procedures have the numbers off."
Another statement is, "the weather was bad on opening day, therefore harvest numbers is way down."
I agree with both arguments people make, they are legitimate. But I am a "full-time turkey hunter" I am out there observing alot, and I know for sure with my observations and other big-time turkey hunters observations that turkey numbers in giles county, south of highway 64 and pulaski, have gone down.

I don't drive through lincoln daily, but my spot northeast of fayetteville is still a good place, but it has also declined since 06-07, still better than sourthern giles though.

I haven't heard any rumors of disease or trapped out, although that could be real stuff. I just think we have, for whatever reason, have had bad hatches for several years in a row. The hen killing during sept.-oct. also effects it drastically.

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#3240232 - 05/06/13 09:47 AM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: Rockhound]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
State representatives have called a meeting for the public Tuesday May, 7 2013, at the loretto civic center for the TWRA to discuss the steep turkey decline in the 3 counties. Everyone needs to show up, I think it will be interesting.


what time please?

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#3240330 - 05/06/13 11:50 AM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: woodsman87]
Rockhound
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 Originally Posted By: woodsman87
 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
State representatives have called a meeting for the public Tuesday May, 7 2013, at the loretto civic center for the TWRA to discuss the steep turkey decline in the 3 counties. Everyone needs to show up, I think it will be interesting.


what time please?


7 p.m.
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#3240397 - 05/06/13 01:16 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: Rockhound]
oldmanelrod
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woodsman87 is correct. I have hunted turkey on two farms seperated by a common fence for 18 years. One is in Lincoln County and the other is in Moore County. You can get back a mile or more from public roads, there is good habitat,and not the pressure some places have. The numbers seen and heard have decrease over the last few years. The few hunters that hunt the place all expressed the view that the birds are not there in the numbers they uesed to be.
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