Hey Grizz, Welcome back. It was a cold, snowy & long winter here in s/e NY as well. From Dec. thru Feb. we had prolonged cold
temps and frozen snow pack. Not many days above freezing and most days and nights in the teens or lower. I suspect that there
must have been significant winter kill. This after going into winter with the population already down 20% according to DEC.
That said, turkeys are amazingly tough and the species can bounce back quickly owing to the high number of eggs produced.
If we get a few dry nesting seasons, we could return to those 90's glory days. Predators like coyotes are another concern. We
hear them hunting at night in our neighborhood often. During that first week of life when the poults can't yet fly up, they must
take a toll. Damp weather makes it worse. I have been hearing of more guys taking up yote hunting during winter, That may
help if it grows in popularity.
Regardless, we will probably have good hunting again this year. Looks like it may be a late spring but that's OK with me.
Some of my best seasons have come during years with late springs. Anyhow, good to see some NY hunters checking in here.
Good luck and enjoy the spring, I know I will..........JeffCrez
"Fall hunting is maneuvers, Spring hunting is war".......Tom Kelly