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#3361299 - 09/16/13 12:36 PM Turkeys
DeerWhisperer
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Registered: 07/27/11
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Anyone have any advice on how to keep the tukey population out of newly planted plots.

I went to check on my plots planted the weekend of 9/7. When I arrived to my first plot, 4 jakes on the field. Some new growth coming in but it looks like most of my oats and wheat is gone. I overseeded again.

Second plot in middle of woods, aobut half an acre. 8 turkeys on the plot when I arrived, again looks like most of oats and wheat gone.

Third plot, less 1/4 acre, 4 turkeys.

Looks like I may have a great fall turkey season but any hints on how to keep them out of the newply planted plots.
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#3361325 - 09/16/13 12:56 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: DeerWhisperer]
drrxnupe
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LOL...sorry about your frustration. Honestly I kinda wish I had that problem for my plots in Mississippi.

Are you broadcasting or drilling? If broadcasting, are you lightly disking or dragging afterwards to cover the seed? At this point, there's probably not a lot that you could do because they know that seed is there. They'll probably dig and scratch searching for seed all the time...until you kill a few.

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#3361339 - 09/16/13 01:01 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: drrxnupe]
woodsman87
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The best thing I can say is what drrxnupe said, try to cover the seeds best you can.

BTW I would like to have that problem. I am much more of a turkey guy than deer guy.

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#3361340 - 09/16/13 01:03 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: drrxnupe]
bigtex
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When I plant a new plot or reseed an existing plot I always fertilize first. I simply save the fertilizer bags and hang them from tree limbs, fence posts etc so that they can move around in the breeze. The turkeys will eventually figure it out but by that time most of my seed has sprouted.
Another thing I have learned over the years to keep turkeys, doves and the like from eating newly sown seed is to top dress a little fertilizer after I have planted. I'm not sure how it works but it sure keeps the critters from eating it.
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#3361375 - 09/16/13 01:26 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: DeerWhisperer]
Jaahspike
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[quote=DeerWhisperer]Anyone have any advice on how to keep the tukey population out of newly planted plots.

I went to check on my plots planted the weekend of 9/7. When I arrived to my first plot, 4 jakes on the field. Some new growth coming in but it looks like most of my oats and wheat is gone. I overseeded again.

Second plot in middle of woods, aobut half an acre. 8 turkeys on the plot when I arrived, again looks like most of oats and wheat gone.

I am in the same boat. This is the first year I have planted plots and I just overseeded again as well. I have lots of pics of turkeys in my plots. I hate it. They were just struttin around that place eating up what I consider money straight out of my pocket! I did not lightly cover mine though. May do that on the next time around.
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#3361399 - 09/16/13 01:48 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: Jaahspike]
muddyboots
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We cover ours or lightly disk them in. It does help.
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#3361524 - 09/16/13 03:04 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: muddyboots]
hitek7
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We normally drag ours until you can hardly see any seed. Sometimes if the ground is right, we throw the seed out and then disc in when turning the ground. We have a high turkey population but if we can get rain within a week or so after planting are plots are fine.
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#3361719 - 09/16/13 06:51 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: hitek7]
Southern Sportsman
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Best defense is a strong offense. What you really need is someone who will come out every spring, and thin out the turkeys. I'm pretty busy in the spring, but -- since I like you -- I'll volunteer. Those Jakes will be 2 year olds in the spring, and I will exact sweet revenge for the eating of your seed. Just PM me directions
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#3361766 - 09/16/13 07:13 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: muddyboots]
bbuck14
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 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
We cover ours or lightly disk them in. It does help.


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#3361905 - 09/16/13 08:17 PM Re: Turkeys [Re: bbuck14]
DeerWhisperer
Spike


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Thanks to all. I did cover the seeds lightly with a culti packer and did over seed. I guess they found the overseed and then discovered the rest. I am also a turkey hunter as well. Funny thing about it, did not kill a bird off this farm this spring now I am seeing more gobblers than I did all season.

I think i will make a trip back this weekend to over seed and add some fertilizer in addition to a scare crow or to. Hopefully that will work.

Worst case I will be turkey hunting opening day of archery season vs. deer.
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