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#3626659 - 03/26/14 12:03 PM Warmer Weather or longer days?
tennoutdrsman
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Ok so I've always thought that the warm weather is what got the Turkeys "into the swing" but someone told me "the longer the days are,the more the turkeys get into doin there thing" what do ya'll think?
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#3626665 - 03/26/14 12:16 PM Re: Warmer Weather or longer days? [Re: tennoutdrsman]
darn2ten
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Photoperiod, yes longer days. It may vary a little on timing, just like the deer rut. Phases could be maybe within a week either way but will still happen about the same time every year. Certain weather conditions do play a part, but even ifit stayed cold and snowed most of the spring they would still do their thing and reproduce.
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#3626679 - 03/26/14 12:30 PM Re: Warmer Weather or longer days? [Re: darn2ten]
Setterman
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Photoperiod is the most important but I believe temps do have a lot to do it as well. Hard to focus on making babies when you're freezing cold
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#3626705 - 03/26/14 12:58 PM Re: Warmer Weather or longer days? [Re: Setterman]
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Here we go again.....I'll take an early spring over a late one any time...
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#3626727 - 03/26/14 01:17 PM Re: Warmer Weather or longer days? [Re: Roost 1]
tennoutdrsman
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Calling for 60-65 maybe the Photoperiod will help
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#3626745 - 03/26/14 01:40 PM Re: Warmer Weather or longer days? [Re: tennoutdrsman]
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turkeys gobbling and strutting and breeding when you can see their breath so i think that rules out weather
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#3626803 - 03/26/14 02:24 PM Re: Warmer Weather or longer days? [Re: knightrider]
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I think weather can affect gobbling quite a bit, but biologically, most research I'v read says that day length triggers the breeding phase.
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#3626820 - 03/26/14 02:41 PM Re: Warmer Weather or longer days? [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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What's the explanation for why this past weekends youth hunt was so terrible?? If y'all believe what you are saying then it couldn't be the weather.. Same amount of daylight as this time last yr.... I'm anxiously waiting for responses.
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#3626863 - 03/26/14 03:25 PM Re: Warmer Weather or longer days? [Re: Roost 1]
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
What's the explanation for why this past weekends youth hunt was so terrible?? If y'all believe what you are saying then it couldn't be the weather.. Same amount of daylight as this time last yr.... I'm anxiously waiting for responses.


I like to compare it to the White Oak scenario that goes on every year. Some areas are doing it, while some are not. This last weekend was pretty awesome, but it did take a lot of miles and boot leather for it to pay off.

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#3626897 - 03/26/14 03:48 PM Re: Warmer Weather or longer days? [Re: Roost 1]
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
What's the explanation for why this past weekends youth hunt was so terrible?? If y'all believe what you are saying then it couldn't be the weather.. Same amount of daylight as this time last yr.... I'm anxiously waiting for responses.


The juvenile wasn't terrible where I was, so I can't explain why it was bad for others. Obviously, weather has some effect. Think back two years ago when it was 90 degrees on opening day and half the woods were green, and the turkey hunting was epic. I think it's a combination of the day length triggering their hormones and the weather making them fell like taking action. Like daytime deer movement being better during colder weather. It's probably not one or the other -- it's both.

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