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#3668337 - 05/12/14 09:01 AM How'd your county do?
Boll Weevil
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Registered: 06/26/11
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We did a little better than last year in Hardeman and killed 482 to finally stop the 4 year downward spiral in harvest (658, 603, 544, 459). And to think back in 2004 nearly twice as many birds...952 ended up in the smokehouse. One year a trend does not make but hopefully we'll continue to see a little bit of a rebound in the years ahead. 30,911 for the state tally.

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#3668353 - 05/12/14 09:26 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: Boll Weevil]
letsgohunting
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Registered: 02/22/12
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Loc: Tennessee

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#3668362 - 05/12/14 09:45 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: letsgohunting]
Setterman
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Registered: 12/31/09
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Loc: Knoxville, TN

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Maury is an insane number. My counties are right about normal except Scott is a little down and Morgan is pitiful.

I can say this that hunting just a couple of miles in KY is a whole different world from a couple miles south in TN. I literally can see TN from several places I hunt in KY and there's no comparison in the numbers of birds.

I'm not implying our population is in peril but the bird numbers across the border are astronomical. Plenty to hunt in TN as well, but not nearly as many as there were a few years ago

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#3668369 - 05/12/14 09:49 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: Boll Weevil]
woodsman87
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Registered: 09/27/12
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Lincoln county had 612 in 2013. Only 474 in 2014. Looks like a big drop, but it isn't alarming to me. Several of the Saturdays or days that I went to my Lincoln county spot was bad gobbling weather. That means that it made it harder for hard core turkey hunters, and the fair weather guys didn't even attempt at going.

Giles county had 604 in 2014, and 645 in 2013. Not really a big differnece. Looks like it has remained fairly steady (but trending downward) for the past three to four years. I cannot get it to reseearch earlier than 2006. 2006 was big year and then the drop off year was 2007. Went from 890 in 2006 to 738 in 2007. Steady downfall every year after. (Along with what I have been saying along with you others with concerns.)

Only hunted Lawrence one time (because there isn't many there any longer.) Heard one turkey gobble on roost. They had 251 killed in 2014, which is dismal compared to the early to mid 2000s when 450 birds where being checked in. With the huge wildernesses that Lawrence county consist of there is for sure something wrong. It could be weather, disease, predation, etc. Lawrence and Giles are pretty much the same habitat, with Lawrence being better (with less people, towns, and cities.)

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#3668375 - 05/12/14 09:56 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: woodsman87]
woodsman87
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Registered: 09/27/12
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I still would like to see TWRA some how come up with and enforce more zones instead of statewide everything the same. TN is a huge state with three different major types of habitats.

Giles and Lawrence county, which is where 80% of my observations are done, need to be looked at. Highway 64 is a good line to use. North of it is turkey heaven, south of it is turkey hell.

And these counties are the same habitat, not the three major differences I stated about in the first part of my post.


Edited by woodsman87 (05/12/14 09:57 AM)

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#3668378 - 05/12/14 09:59 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: woodsman87]
Setterman
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I personally believe that over time our really high spring limit will begin to have an effect when combined with all the new gear which makes turkeys easy to kill.

I'm not saying it's the end of the world but our limit is extremely high compared to the vast majority of states.

I also feel that dropping us back to 3 birds would help maintain good turkey numbers statewide

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#3668379 - 05/12/14 10:01 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: woodsman87]
woodsman87
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Registered: 09/27/12
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I forgot to mention Wayne, which I haven't hunted in 4-5 years because my spot I had over there fails to produce anything any more. It has remained in a steady downward trend since 2006 as well. In my experience dealing with turkey nesting and brood rearing habitat, Wayne County TN has the best habitat of the counties I hunt in(Lawrence, Giles, Lincoln.)
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#3668380 - 05/12/14 10:04 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: Setterman]
Roost 1
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Registered: 07/24/11
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Sounds like TN only killed roughly 1000 more than KY. We only have a 2 bird limit and 3 less weeks of season. Maybe we have more hunters because I do not believe we have more turkeys..No place in KY that I know of compares to middle TN as far as turkey numbers go.
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#3668381 - 05/12/14 10:04 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: woodsman87]
woodsman87
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I forgot to mention Wayne, which I haven't hunted in 4-5 years because my spot I had over there fails to produce anything any more. It has remained in a steady downward trend since 2006 as well. In my experience dealing with turkey nesting and brood rearing habitat, Wayne County TN has the best habitat of the counties I hunt in(Lawrence, Giles, Lincoln.)
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#3668382 - 05/12/14 10:05 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: woodsman87]
woodsman87
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double post..

Edited by woodsman87 (05/12/14 10:11 AM)

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