ORIGINAL: charlie elk
Winter turkeys can be very wide ranging; hitting an area, feeding heavily and then moving to the next. The snow has crusted over in the fields making it hard for them to scratch to ground for waste grain. Found a good flock feeding on staghorn sumac berries yesterday. They would fly up hitting the tops of the sumac knocking the berries to the ground, land, and fight over them. I flushed the flock and called some back using aggressive purrs, feeding purrs, clucks and lost yelps.
Given the deep snow the ones that came back flew in and landed in the trees above me. It is legal to roost shoot turkeys in WI but I have trouble shooting any turkey out of a tree. Am I wrong about that?
I think another ethics question for you might be "Should I still be hunting/disturbing turkeys that are having a hard time finding food in such difficult conditions?"
Legal shooting time in Wis for fall turkey is 20 minutes AFTER sunset. Thats too late.
I really don't think you are an unethical hunter, based on your post I've read on here.
do question the WDNR for having such a late season. Especially in the north where turkeys are on the fringe of their range. hit.
There has been reports of winter die offs in turkey the last 2 years around where I hunt. The rain then extreme cold afterward is what caused it I am told, perhaps like the weather is about to hit.
I must claim ignorance on this as I am not in Wis during the winter months.
I do know that there has been a drastic decrease in the number of turkeys I see in both the spring and fall in the area I hunt. I hunt public land in the NW part of zone 4 and since the zones have been consolidated and the last 2 winters have been tough, the quality of my turkey hunting has gone way down. Fewer turkeys and way more hunters.
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