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#3246431 - 05/14/13 03:55 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: Wes Parrish]
Lawrence
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I think season should just be cancelled for a couple years
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#3246443 - 05/14/13 04:21 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: Lawrence]
CAMARO12
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I definitely feel that when TWRA increased the spring season limit to 4 birds, the harvest numbers began to decline here in Hardeman and McNairy Counties. And from what I've seen the deer numbers have been declining in Eastern Hardeman and McNairy County as well. So something is definitely going on with our big gane numbers here. I'm all for a reduction in the 4 bird limit. But even that won't be a quick fix. I'm not sure that a quick fix exists.
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#3246483 - 05/14/13 05:12 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: ImThere]
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 Originally Posted By: ImThere
I got it! Why dont they raise the price of license (especially for out of staters) and lower the all bag limits and we all will be happy!


Cost of non-resident license is plenty high enough now.
I don't understand why nobody has mentioned the problem of birds not being checked in... I think that this is a major problem!! Along with poor hatches!! It's no telling how many gobblers are really killed during a 6 week season not to mention all the ones shot and lost.. The real answer would be to reduce the length of season and possibly bag limit. I am sure every county in TN can't handle a 4 bird limit in the spring.
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#3246490 - 05/14/13 05:15 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: Andy S.]
Boll Weevil
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[quote=Andy S.]It is my understanding that Chris Hunter is the TWRA Turkey Program Coordinator for the entire state.[/i]

Thanks Andy.

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#3246496 - 05/14/13 05:21 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: Boll Weevil]
woodsman87
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I still do not agree that lowering bag limits or shortening the season is the answer. There will be lots of hunters that kill over the limit anyways. I bet wounded birds isn't much of a factor. Im not whining, I have to work, but everybody doesn't get to hunt everyday of their life, so I don't think shortening the season should be the answer just be wise me and alot of other guys would be cut down to only four Saturdays.
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#3246507 - 05/14/13 05:34 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: Roost 1]
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
I don't understand why nobody has mentioned the problem of birds not being checked in.


The way I look at this aspect is the same folks (or proprtion of people) that didn't check them during the bumper-crop years aren't checking them now. In some ways, this factor could actually be one of the more predictable attributes of annual harvest. There's always been, and always will be, those who don't check. We use the data we have to help guide management decsions vs. worry about the data we don't have.

Enforcement...now that's an entirely different discussion altogether.

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#3246515 - 05/14/13 05:41 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: Boll Weevil]
woodsman87
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My final thoughts on this thread for the day is..

Harvest limits, fall and spring, season lengths, etc. don't mean squat if the hens are not there to nest, or if all the poults are killed in someway.

Final answer- its all about nesting, brood rearing, and habitat.

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#3246524 - 05/14/13 06:06 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: woodsman87]
Spurhunter
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 Originally Posted By: woodsman87
I bet wounded birds isn't much of a factor.


I disagree. Just go on Facebook to any turkey page and listen to the idiots taking 70+ yard shots. If they are taking those shots they are wounding a lot of birds.
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#3246525 - 05/14/13 06:09 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
I know several deer hunters who consider turkeys quite the nuisance. One, he even refers to them as "big feathered rats".


As far as I'm concerned, as many deer as we have in TN, if turkeys are keeping someone from killing deer, they should take up golf. Hunting may not be for them!
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#3246564 - 05/14/13 07:15 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: Roost 1]
ImThere
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
 Originally Posted By: ImThere
I got it! Why dont they raise the price of license (especially for out of staters) and lower the all bag limits and we all will be happy!


Cost of non-resident license is plenty high enough now.
I don't understand why nobody has mentioned the problem of birds not being checked in... I think that this is a major problem!! Along with poor hatches!! It's no telling how many gobblers are really killed during a 6 week season not to mention all the ones shot and lost.. The real answer would be to reduce the length of season and possibly bag limit. I am sure every county in TN can't handle a 4 bird limit in the spring.

Roost1 that was in response to all the whining about out of staters flocking to tn to kill all the birds. I feel the twra is doing a fine job and i'm sure when a change needs to be made they will do it. That being said you sir, hit the nail on the head i listen to people at work that took impossible shots and wounded double or triple the limit because of there poor decisions
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