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#3677954 - 05/26/14 06:04 PM what are you doing?
Rockhound
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In the off season to boost your turkey population? Let's here some ideas, tips advice and what others are doing.
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#3677974 - 05/26/14 06:40 PM Re: what are you doing? [Re: Rockhound]
smstone22
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Trapping predators, keeping clover plots in good shape, TSI for nesting cover, letting cereal grains mature and head out, some prescribed fires, etc.
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#3677991 - 05/26/14 07:09 PM Re: what are you doing? [Re: smstone22]
Rockhound
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I'm starting 2 new food plots that runs from hardwoods to hardwoods instead of just a huge thicket. Killing varmints.

Steve what's tsI?

Yep our food plots head out each year.
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#3678010 - 05/26/14 07:50 PM Re: what are you doing? [Re: Rockhound]
smstone22
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Timber Stand Improvement. Can mean alot of things. I do some hack and squirt to kill undesireables ( for timber and/or wildlife) and open up the canopy to get more sunlight in. Hingecutting to make good thick cover and just some totally cutting junk trees down for cover in the tops. Being in big hardwood region I dont have big fields to manage for nesting cover so the timber is where nesting has to happen. Of couse Im doing this for the deer too. I have to strike a good balance though between open timber and cover.
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#3678055 - 05/26/14 08:38 PM Re: what are you doing? [Re: smstone22]
Boll Weevil
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I'm actually kind of in a maintenance mode now Rockhound. As mentioned in other threads, since settling on numerous habitat improvements 3 years ago that appear to be working (or at least tipping the balance a tiny bit) I will just maintain, monitor, and evaluate.

Saw another hen with her lil'biddies again this afternoon...exact same sort of place as the others sightings I've recorded at this time of year. Recently burned timber, established clover, semi-open hedgerows.

It's just almost predictable at this point if I can do my tiny part to assist.

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#3678219 - 05/27/14 08:02 AM Re: what are you doing? [Re: Boll Weevil]
woodsman87
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Let the food plots seed out. When this happens, and after I believe the nest are done, I will carefully bushog it down.

Keeping roads well maintained, for the little poults ro run up and down chasing bugs, while the edge of the roads has thick cover to hide in.

I will probably disc my strips again in about a month from now, to bring up new seeds and grubs and stuff for young and older poults, if I even have any. I will mow on either sides of these strips so that the poults will be able to catch grass hoppers.

After all of this, I still doubt I see one/any this summer. I know hens have to be nesting on it, for this April we would see several hens here and there each day. Haven't seen a poult on my land in southern Giles county since the summer of 2007. We haven't changed any habitat nor have the surrounding lands. Part of what is going on with the population in south Giles I reckon.

And of course I shoot and run over all armidillos I see.

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