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#3253578 - 05/23/13 02:24 PM Re: 2013 Harvest Comparison [Re: woodsman87]
Rockhound
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Me and woodsman aren't that far apart but different counties. I have access to thousands of acres of prime habitat and I heard more birds this year than I have in SEVERAL years. That number was 4, I used to hear 10-15 every morning just on one 450 acre parcel we lease but not anymore.

I agree with spur hunter and woodsman, there are several factors into play, but I still feel like there is a main contributor.
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#3253617 - 05/23/13 03:26 PM Re: 2013 Harvest Comparison [Re: 102]
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The point seems to be missed. Its not so much the fact the birds didn't gobble. Weather related? Yes, may have been. Its the fact that in several counties, and way more than a couple, the bird population has really dropped, or they have just vanished.

Edited by tickweed (05/23/13 03:32 PM)
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#3253640 - 05/23/13 04:35 PM Re: 2013 Harvest Comparison [Re: Rockhound]
CAMARO12
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 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
Me and woodsman aren't that far apart but different counties. I have access to thousands of acres of prime habitat and I heard more birds this year than I have in SEVERAL years. That number was 4, I used to hear 10-15 every morning just on one 450 acre parcel we lease but not anymore.

I agree with spur hunter and woodsman, there are several factors into play, but I still feel like there is a main contributor.
You heard more this year than you have in several years and you only heard 4 this year???

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#3253797 - 05/23/13 08:44 PM Re: 2013 Harvest Comparison [Re: CAMARO12]
Rockhound
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 Originally Posted By: CAMARO12
 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
Me and woodsman aren't that far apart but different counties. I have access to thousands of acres of prime habitat and I heard more birds this year than I have in SEVERAL years. That number was 4, I used to hear 10-15 every morning just on one 450 acre parcel we lease but not anymore.

I agree with spur hunter and woodsman, there are several factors into play, but I still feel like there is a main contributor.
You heard more this year than you have in several years and you only heard 4 this year???


In LC, yep
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#3253803 - 05/23/13 08:53 PM Re: 2013 Harvest Comparison [Re: Rockhound]
CAMARO12
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Didn't you mean to say that you heard "less" this year instead of "more"???
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#3253910 - 05/23/13 10:36 PM Re: 2013 Harvest Comparison [Re: woodsman87]
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 Originally Posted By: woodsman87
Im ready for hunting season of any kind(besides spring squirrel) to open so we can all relax again!
Check out these threads since all seasons are closed. We are having withdrawals and losing ourselves
this is true! lol

Places I hunt have no problem with turkey population. I don't think any of these extreme measures are needed here. And hopefully we won't get an influx of hunters from other areas because they heard it was good here, and killing more birds and causing a problem. I guess we turkey hunters can be pretty selfish sometimes. Everybody seems to want 15 gobblers on the roost when they hunt and some people think killing a hen will ruin the flock....
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#3253953 - 05/24/13 03:05 AM Re: 2013 Harvest Comparison [Re: CAMARO12]
Rockhound
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 Originally Posted By: CAMARO12
Didn't you mean to say that you heard "less" this year instead of "more"???


No! I mean exactly what I said, I heard 4 birds in Lawrence co. This year and that is MORE than I have heard in 6 or 7 years
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#3254086 - 05/24/13 08:32 AM Re: 2013 Harvest Comparison [Re: Rockhound]
CAMARO12
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Ok. I gotcha now.
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#3254109 - 05/24/13 08:57 AM Re: 2013 Harvest Comparison [Re: Rockhound]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
 Originally Posted By: CAMARO12
Didn't you mean to say that you heard "less" this year instead of "more"???


No! I mean exactly what I said, I heard 4 birds in Lawrence co. This year and that is MORE than I have heard in 6 or 7 years


I only heard 4 in Giles county this year, no joke. And I do not live in a subdivision, suburb, city, or town. I live in a very secluded area with lots of good habitat all the way around. It isn't because I don't listen either. I get up before daylight every day and during the spring months if I am not hunting, im listening for them on my property before work. This year I started hearing them on March 11th. By April 19th, they were all gone. Do not know whether they got shot or just moved off. Plenty of pasture and field for hens to feed in and gobblers to strut in. Plenty of roosting hardwoods. There is water sources.

Since we have had this decline, I only hear/see them during early to mid spring. They are either all dead or just move out of there by the end of April. We do not have turkeys on our land during the fall winter since the population started going down.

This is all a few miles south of Highway 64. You get north of Pulaski, birds everywhere all the time.

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#3254147 - 05/24/13 09:33 AM Re: 2013 Harvest Comparison [Re: woodsman87]
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 Originally Posted By: woodsman87
This is all a few miles south of Highway 64. You get north of Pulaski, birds everywhere all the time.


I know you say good habitat all around, but has there been any major timbering or burns in the areas that could have caused an issue?

What about increase in predators, be it wild critters or an increase of dogs running loose?

What about any major agriculture changes?

I'm not doubting your evaluation of the habitat at all, just curious if something major has happened that you never thought about affecting the population. We are having the same decline in SW Dickson County, not as drastic as yours though. I have been trying to look at all angels but I cannot come up with anything, other than an slight increase in timber harvest nothing major.
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