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#3245318 - 05/13/13 08:30 AM Numbers droping ?
Mad_Max_66
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Tennessee hunters put the wraps on the 2013 spring turkey season today. Some numbers could still trickle in, but preliminary data from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency shows that 32,693 turkeys were harvested statewide, just about 4% below the 2012 spring harvest of 34,020 despite what was by most accounts a difficult hunting season. In Scott County, 225 turkeys were harvested — well below the record spring turkey harvest but just one bird shy of last spring.

Wondering what's going here in Scott co.?
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#3245328 - 05/13/13 08:48 AM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: Mad_Max_66]
catman529
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Possibly some check stations not switching over to the new system.
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#3245340 - 05/13/13 09:14 AM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: catman529]
woodsman87
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I think they are dropping, more significantly in isolated spots though.
The new checkins may be appearing to cause flaw in harvest numbers, but I believe the decline is still real, and have been saying it since 2009 or so.

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#3245502 - 05/13/13 01:47 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: woodsman87]
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Since the record kill numbers of 2010 the statewide kills have been declining every year. It's not the check stations. Statewide we are down 13% since 2010 and it's getting worse. Interestingly enough Maury county is going up every year. Maury is up 35% since 2011. That might prove my point in another thread about turkey hunters from other areas hunting there more and more. Like I said, the surplus can only last so long when the rest of the state is down and those hunters decide to hunt the hot spots. Something to think about.
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#3245523 - 05/13/13 02:21 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: Spurhunter]
smstone22
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Fentress Co. is down 30% since a high in 2010. Harvest is pretty well equal to 2009 levels now. Im afraid the hatch wont be much this year so I expect worse.
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#3245552 - 05/13/13 03:26 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: smstone22]
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Ive said it several times, something is going on, all across the state.
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#3245558 - 05/13/13 03:36 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: tickweed]
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My sentiments exactly, tick. But my biggest concern is why the harvest totals aren't increasing in West Tennessee like they are in some of the counties in Middle and East Tennessee. It appears that the overall turkey numbers have skyrocketed in Middle and East Tennessee while those in West Tennessee appear to be on the decline. And I can't consciously attribute that decline to flooding alone.
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#3245780 - 05/13/13 08:55 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: CAMARO12]
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Nor can I. I will bet the season limits will change, it will be interesting to see. I wish someone from TWRA would give us some insight.
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#3245814 - 05/13/13 09:33 PM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: tickweed]
catman529
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If limits need to change I'd say the fall limits should, but I think the reason they are so high is because not many people fall hunt so you can kill more. I enjoy killing 6 in one county but would rather have it lowered to 4 or 3 than have the spring limit lowered. But in Maury county here the population seems pretty good to me.
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#3245968 - 05/14/13 06:57 AM Re: Numbers droping ? [Re: tickweed]
Andy S.
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 Originally Posted By: tickweed
I will bet the season limits will change, it will be interesting to see. I wish someone from TWRA would give us some insight.
Not TWRA, but this redline document leads me to believe the bag limits for next spring will be the same as this season. Refer to Section IV. General Regulations for Spring and Fall Turkey Harvest, C. Spring Turkey Bag and Possession Limits on page 8.

http://tn.gov/twra/procs/biggameredline.pdf

With that said, the redline is not the final word and the TWRA is soliciting comments for the 2013-14 hunting seasons’ regulations proposals. This is an opportunity for the public to share their ideas and concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA. The public comment period concerning the 2013-14 proposed hunting seasons regulations will be open until May 27, 2013.


Edited by Andy S. (05/14/13 07:53 AM)
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