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#3242443 - 05/08/13 07:53 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: ]
8 POINTS OR BETTER
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Any one know what years we went from 2 to 3 limit and from 3 to 4.
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#3242871 - 05/09/13 12:26 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: Rockhound]
wwa7
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Registered: 11/19/09
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Loc: West Tennessee

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Like I said... Fayette, Hardeman, and McNairy should be added to the list for west TN. I had the pleasure of hunting a new farm in Fayette county this year that should be LOADED with birds. Its the right area, right habitat, everything... One turkey was heard the whole season and I killed him the first week of the season. Kind of regret it now. I had told myself I would take 1 bird of this farm and be done. That is what I did. I did go several other times, just to listen. Silence. Hardeman County is the same way. A dear friend of mine has a place not too farm Ames Plantation. Five or Six years ago, it was nothing to hear 5- 8 birds on daylight. He has heard 1 bird on it this year... No sign, no scratching, nothing. He has not killed a bird on this place in 3 years. McNairy is in extremely bad shape. I hunt a very large tract in Western McNairy close to Big Hill Pond. The place has gone down hill major. Years ago, it was nothing to hear 10+ birds at daylight. Again, we have done everything we could think of to better the property for turkeys. Planting of Milo, Corn, Chuffa, and clover. Again, a bird has not been killed off of it in a few years now.

I have heard more hunters this year very concerned about it. West TN should be BOOMING with birds. The lay of the land, habitat, and food sources are perfect for the wild turkey. In my observations, I know without a doubt we had 3 years of bad hatches. Extremely wet springs and very abnormally cold springs have hurt the nesting hens. Also, you got to remember... For the hens to nest, they have to be bred! If the gobblers/young gobblers are not there, guess what... no breeding.

I believe West TN, as well as a lot of parts of Middle TN are in trouble. I also have friends who hunt North AL and are seeing the same thing.

Guys we have got to do something... I am not saying there will be a complete die off... No. But our flocks are not doing well. Can you imagine? Telling your kids and grand kids about how we "used" to be able to turkey hunt and how many turkey we used to hear? Its not just about us guys, its about our future generations.

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#3242974 - 05/09/13 02:25 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: wwa7]
Boll Weevil
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 Originally Posted By: wwa7
If the gobblers/young gobblers are not there, guess what...no breeding.

After being overrun by jakes and jennies this spring I got to thinking, "Wonder when they can actually breed?" Did a little studying and everything I've read says jakes CAN breed at 1 year old, it's just that they DON'T because typically an adult bird takes care of that business.

One morning I watched 7 jakes and 3 hens peck and scratch and preen till they finally just wandered off. I sure hope it finally clicked with'em that it was up to them to git'er done.

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#3244042 - 05/10/13 10:06 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: Boll Weevil]
woodsman87
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Registered: 09/27/12
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Hope it changes. I still don't think it's disease, varmints, predators. I don't think harvest limit is a big factor, even though if it went down to three it would be good.
I think it has been the abnormally wet April/Mays we have had.

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#3254605 - 05/25/13 06:35 AM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: woodsman87]
YEKRUT
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Registered: 08/22/06
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Is this meeting still on for Tuesday? Anyone else going?
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#3254642 - 05/25/13 08:46 AM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: YEKRUT]
Rockhound
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Registered: 04/04/11
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Yep I'll be there good lord willing
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#3254746 - 05/25/13 01:53 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: Rockhound]
YEKRUT
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 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
Yep I'll be there good lord willing


Well at least I won't be the ugliest one there. \:\)
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#3254959 - 05/25/13 09:24 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: YEKRUT]
Rockhound
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Registered: 04/04/11
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 Originally Posted By: YEKRUT
 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
Yep I'll be there good lord willing


Well at least I won't be the ugliest one there. \:\)


Bahahaha.... shut up lol
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#3255954 - 05/27/13 08:11 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: Rockhound]
YEKRUT
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See yall tomorrow night, ill be the good looking guy if anyone wants to look me up. \:\)
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#3255961 - 05/27/13 08:16 PM Re: Lawrence, Wayne, and giles counties... [Re: YEKRUT]
tickweed
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Registered: 11/25/09
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Glad somebody is listening.
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