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Easier to Kill?

Postby tracebusta32 » February 24th, 2009, 9:02 am

Whats your opinions on the wild turkey being easier to harvest now that most states populations are starting to grow?
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RE: Easier to Kill?

Postby dmcianfa » February 24th, 2009, 10:04 am

grow in population size of the turkeys?  I believe this is what you mean.  I'm not so sure in my state if the wild turkey is any easier to kill than when I first got into the game.  Granted there were less turkeys around, but if you did yer homework and knew where they were they put up the same kinda fight that I get today.  hmmmm[:)]
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RE: Easier to Kill?

Postby Ozarks Hillbilly » February 24th, 2009, 10:35 am

I would say the Turkeys in my area gobble less than they did say 20 to 30 years ago. With the increased population of Turkeys I don't feel that they have to run up and down the hillsides looking for love like they did back then. You had the hard birds to hunt and the ones that you had to kill in self defense then as you do now. But as a hole they just seem more tight lipped to me when there toe's touch the ground these days.
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RE: Easier to Kill?

Postby tracebusta32 » February 24th, 2009, 10:46 am

Yes I meant in regard to the turkey population growth
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RE: Easier to Kill?

Postby trkynut54 » February 24th, 2009, 11:48 am

I know there's alot more gobblers around where I hunt. It used to be that when you call a gobbler in just 1 would show up. I've noticed the past few years or so that when I would call one in there would be 2 or more other gobblers with him. I only thought that happened on the videos. [:D]
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RE: Easier to Kill?

Postby rsmithpa » February 24th, 2009, 1:38 pm

There are more turkey's now than say 10 years ago, at least where I hunt these day's.  More opportunities to harvest a good number of 2 and 3 year olds.  Hunting pressure has not been the same.  The old timers are not in the woods and the next generation is just not there, like expected.
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RE: Easier to Kill?

Postby greyghost » February 24th, 2009, 1:39 pm

I do not know about easier, but today if you screw up on one you can go try another 2nd or 3rd bird the same morning. Before it was if you heard a couple gobblers in the spring the whole season you had a good year. If you killed one you had a great year. In the fall if you found a flock you were successful.

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RE: Easier to Kill?

Postby tracebusta32 » February 24th, 2009, 2:00 pm

Easier to kill prolly wasn't a good headline, but I was hoping some of the ole timers would get on here and give their thoughts on it..more turkeys mean more pressure....
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RE: Easier to Kill?

Postby Fan Club » February 24th, 2009, 2:11 pm

Turkeys are just easier to find now, not easier to kill.
 
When populations increase, you get a number of factors that work against you as well. More hens means more competition and more henned up gobblers. More turkeys means more sets of eyes and ears to defeat.
 
Missouri has always led the nation in turkey population. The turkeys there seem to be tougher for the reasons listed above. As Ozark pointed out, they also gobble very little after leaving the roost, they don't need to.
 
Michigan is just now reaching a third of the turkey population Missouri has. The birds here are a bit easier to call up and will gobble much later into the day.
 
 
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RE: Easier to Kill?

Postby thundrchikin » February 25th, 2009, 10:55 am

Right on Fan Club, more does not always mean better,it can be quite the opposite.
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