ORIGINAL: Cut N Run
The turkeys pretty much avoid the area and spend more time in the woods & cutovers. It may actually be a good thing by forcing the turkeys to use less land than they used to. They could also just as easily go onto a neighboring property, I suppose...
I don't see how providing less habitat that the turkeys prefer is a good thing no matter how you slice it. As I recall the landowner has hunted there occasionally in seasons past, no? Did he provide an explanation for his actions? Did he ask for your input or let you voice your concerns? I realize landowner/hunter relations can be touchy and sometimes you just gotta bite your lip.
Some people just have too much nervous energy. I have a friend that has only a handful of acres but they border a sizeable swamp. It used to be a real sanctuary and haven for wildlife but my buddy has changed that and not for the better. Over the years he has cut and burned, cut and burned and did I mention cut and burned? He has removed every fencerow, brushy area and piece of cover on the property leaving only the 70 foot tall trees and an aboretum underneath. Now he wonders why he doesn't see the wildlife he used to. Putz.
I sympathize with you too, Jon. It's heartbreaking to lose a great piece of property. The Rebel's Cove WMA in Missouri was just such a place. 3,500 acres of beautiful wooded ridges and hardwood flats. A camp of hunters from my hometown went there every year from 1987 through 2007. Then the state sold the logging rights to the area and it was logged over a two year period, totally unsupervised. A selective logging operation is one thing, but those bastards took 8 out of every 10 trees. Even the trees near the car parks where the sportsmen camped. Just totally demolished the place...you can see for thousands of yards in every direction from any ridgetop. Needless to say there isn't much turkey hunting going on there these days.