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#3668557 - 05/12/14 01:43 PM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: PalsPal]
Wes Parrish
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Registered: 06/12/02
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Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

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 Originally Posted By: PalsPal
Only 1100 people killed 4 birds.

You can also assume there are many hunters like myself who will commonly (and purposefully) kill ONE LESS than whatever the limit happens to be. The reason is that we want to "save" that final tag so we can enjoy continuing to hunt, and be able to kill an old Tom if one presents. Most often, we don't get one on our final hunt, ending the season with ONE LESS than the limit.

I killed 3 longbeards during the first week of the season, then held on to that last tag til the end. Could have used it, but wanted to keep it just in case one of the two very old Toms I had seen made a mistake. Saw one of them during the final week, but didn't close the deal, and have no regrets for not using that last tag earlier.

Despite my having a lucky first week, I found the hunting to be a little tougher thereafter than most years. For whatever reasons, I heard the least gobbling post-flydown I think I've ever heard. They gobbled on the roost, then most days that was the end of the gobbling. Most years, once the hens go to nest, there are old Toms just walking around gobbling throughout the day. Didn't experience much of that this year.

Also of interest, I thought we had more 2-yr-olds and more jakes this year pre-season than compared to the past few years. But they seemed to just mostly disappear off the face of the earth after that first week of the season.

In my primary hunting county (Stewart), the harvest looks to be slightly higher in 2014 than in 2013, but slightly less than in 2012 and 2011.

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#3668688 - 05/12/14 04:27 PM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: Setterman]
jlmustain
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Registered: 01/01/13
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I have a hard time worrying about limits. AL's is 5, and they're the #1 state in the union for numbers. They also never allow hens to be hunted. The final count is only about 10% of the pop, which is en par with previous years, if I recall correctly.

What's y'all's take on all the females? Do you think there were that few bearded hens taken? Maybe it's me, but I feel like that's a low number.

I'm proud to have two of those Bedford County ones and two of those Maury County ones in the freezer!
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#3668737 - 05/12/14 05:33 PM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: Boll Weevil]
Gravey
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2 more in Rutherford this year and 3 more in Wilson.
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#3668772 - 05/12/14 06:22 PM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: Gravey]
Barnes Ridge Rambler
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Registered: 12/16/11
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Pickett county -180 birds. And I killed 3 of them lol. A man earns his deer and turkey in Pickett. Low densities of both.
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#3668905 - 05/12/14 08:50 PM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: woodsman87]
callemquacktn
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Registered: 11/01/05
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Loc: Wartrace, Tn

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Bedford county down 63 from last yr. 531 for 2014.
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#3668915 - 05/12/14 09:12 PM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: Boll Weevil]
Turkman
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Boll Weevil, Could you tell us some things you have done for this brooding and bugging habitat?
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#3669057 - 05/13/14 07:16 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: Turkman]
Takekidshunting
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Registered: 03/11/14
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Loc: Ar

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I stumbled upon two different nests this year (in two consecutive days, 30 miles apart) that were destroyed. One was in a place that was covered in hog rooting, and the egg shells were completely crumbled into small bits. The other was in a creek bottom area with coons tracks in every mudhole. Those eggs looked like they had been cracked delicately by my wife. Just guessing, but two different culprits of nest predation.

Interesting to note that I saw way less turkey sign in areas where I have recently started seeing hog signs. I was also on a lease in Arkansas where our turkey population was down. A man joined that had some high dollar coon dogs and he started annihilating the coons and possums. Two years later our turkey population had exploded. We can't get around the fact that turkeys have been subject to predation as long as turkeys have lived, but fewer predators can't hurt...especially the nest robbers. If they can ruin a nest, we turkey hunters should hunt them as hard as we do the turkeys!

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#3669059 - 05/13/14 07:19 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: Turkman]
Rockhound
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Registered: 04/04/11
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Loc: Lawrence Co. TN

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Lawrence county is gaining strength but IMO the number is displayed poorly, im anxious to see if they release info regarding the number of birds killed north of 64 vs. South of 64. One huge reason maury is killing the numbers,they are is the fact people are traveling from everywhere to hunt there.

This year alone, i seen nearly everycounty tag from tn. Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Illinois, Arkansas, and virgina.

I,dont mind driving to hunt and im blessed to have access to some private ground in lewis and maury county but i hope something gets improved in my area,its very disappointing to have access to literally thousands of acres in my area and no hope at all to killa turkey because there are none.
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#3669080 - 05/13/14 07:53 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: Rockhound]
Roost 1
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I also found a raided nest this yr and in the last 3yrs hogs have shown up on our property and the turkey numbers have slowly decreased....I am starting to think there is a direct correlation.
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#3669092 - 05/13/14 08:09 AM Re: How'd your county do? [Re: jlmustain]
woodsman87
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Registered: 09/27/12
Posts: 1326
Loc: south TN

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 Originally Posted By: jlmustain
I have a hard time worrying about limits. AL's is 5, and they're the #1 state in the union for numbers. They also never allow hens to be hunted. The final count is only about 10% of the pop, which is en par with previous years, if I recall correctly.

What's y'all's take on all the females? Do you think there were that few bearded hens taken? Maybe it's me, but I feel like that's a low number.

I'm proud to have two of those Bedford County ones and two of those Maury County ones in the freezer!


Alabama is a great state to hunt turkeys, but only south Alabama. Also, Alabama has no real way of seeing how many turkeys they have or how many turkeys they kill. Their tagging system is just now being put in place. It was an honor system forever until recently. The state would call or mail or e-mail randomly drawn hunters and survey them to see how many they killed. The state somehow drawn these conclusions and "estimated" how many were killed and how many turkeys there are. They have now what is called "Gamecheck" where you have to call it in on an 800 number or check it in on the internet.

Most of the hunters I know still will not do the "Gamecheck." They are so stubborn, and some reason think that it will not be helpful in setting future seasons, bag limits, management decisions, etc. They also feel like it is the government telling them what to do and how to manage their own land. Which they take great offense to.

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