xcal1ber wrote:So how many dang birds did you kill last fall Charlie??
Sorry for the delay responding to your question I just noticed it now.
I hesitate to disclose the number; by most standards it was a lot and it is a lot every year. Fall 2011 was fewer than previous falls due to Vic's inexperience and need for ongoing training. He saved an awful lot of turkey's lives and I loved every minute of it.
Those who think a turkey dog makes turkey hunting easier are in for a surprise if they ever try turkey dogging. It is a challenge all its own.
There are 5 fall turkey hunters in WI who are at the top of harvest stats, the top guy is way out there in numbers (he must have done some depredation hunting), myself and the other 3 were more moderate with our kill numbers.
OK I know I answered in a riddle that is because we live in a time when so many are so envious of others who have and or do more of whatever. I fear if I were to publicly disclose my yearly kill there would be some who would campaign to put a per hunter limit on us. With the robust population of the resource and so few hunters (26,000 with a 21% success rate) there is no reason to place a limit on turkeys per hunter. There were 35,000 unsold OTC fall tags last year.
Besides I do not want get into a competition to see who can kill the most turkeys each year, there is no upside to that only the downside of severe damage to our way of life.