Moderator: Stephanie Bernardo
1Morgan wrote:Are you sure the warm weather had them breeding early? If so why are they still with hens? My thoughts going into the season were the same (early breeding). My observations are that the breeding is later than normal.
WillowRidgeCalls wrote:I'd have to agree with Morgan. This warmer spring has everybody thinking the breeding is whinding down because the birds aren't saying much. The fact of the matter is the hens aren't ready yet and the Tom sound off on the roost and nothing comes to them so they shut up soon after they hit the ground. The hens up here they won't have anything to do with the Toms yet, they are still in small groups just doing turkey things, feeding and walking around without Toms following them. The birds that we've called in this year so far all have came to the Breeding Yelps and Sex purrs, because we are the only hens looking for action. Soft calling has been a waste of time so far, unless that bird is committed and coming in close. Cutts and excited calls in short series have gotten the birds to sound off and the breeding calls have brought them in. Granted we are a lot father north of you but it might be worth a try?
kygobbler wrote:Bodetis, just hang in there man. Try and get close if you can and get aggresive. I have noticed the same thing in my neck of the woods. By mid mourning the gobblers will have one hen with them and follow behind in full strut. If they are only giving you courtesy gobbles and not coming to you try getting ahead of them and cutting them off to where they are going. I have bumped a couple of hens and noticed that they were on the nest. One had 3 eggs in it and the other had 5. Thats the first time I ever seen a turkeys nest. Good luck, what part of KY are you?