charlie elk wrote:Looks like fall turkey hunter numbers almost doubled this year from 26,000 in '10 to nearly 50,000 this year. Not sure if it is the economy with those looking for a "free" turkey dinner, the buzz about the great hunting in WI, a very long season or the excellent fall issue T&TH put out.
Both T&TH & the NWTF's "Turkey Country" had good articles on turkey dogs this issue. Your sport is getting publicity.
I'm a little puzzled by your Wis turkey hunter numbers. I may be wrong, as I often am, but I read the numbers going unfortunately the other way. By my count, initial fall permit number went down 7000+ this year. The initial fall permits available stayed the same at 95,700 both years, & all 2011 zones had the same number available as in 2010. In 2010 48,908 were issued initially. This year I count 54,368 total permits remaining, meaning only 95,700 - 54,368 = 41,332 went in the initial drawing in 2011.
When I look at the two fall zones that I'd be interested in for Saturday's leftover sale ( zones 2 & 5 ), both zones have increased substantially in leftover permit numbers from 2010. Zone 2 went from 1599 leftovers in 2010 to 3036 this year. Zone 5 went from 82 to 603. In fact all zones with leftover permits went up in leftover numbers this year.
I've been a bit anal about keeping track of permit numbers the last few years.
And yes, I did enjoy my spring hunt in your zone this year, & hope to do it again next spring. Don't know which period it will be, since I first hope to break my string of three straight initial 5th period draws in my home zone, & get an earlier draw here.
Good hunting with that pup.