kygobbler wrote:Guys if I remember correctly didn't the BH get a couple feet of snow last May? I'm thinking it was somewhere between the first to middle of May. How did that affect the hatch last spring?
I have hunted the hills of SD twice in the early 00s and the hills of WY in like 08 or 09 and 12 and 13.. The early experiences in the SD Hills were fantastic more birds than u could shake a stick at. In the first trip to WY much the same.. 4 of us set up I yelped 8 gobblers in 4 different pairs in 20 minutes with each of us plucking one bird from each pair.
When I returned in 12 I was absolutely shocked.. The private land we drove through that just a few years held 100s of birds was now void of turkeys maybe a small flock here and there.. Due to the warm spring I figured the birds had moved up in the hills already... It was many many many stops between gobbling birds while scouting.. We found a few small pockets of birds and killed but I have never seen winter kill like WY had experienced.
I keep a close eye on the Hills as it is my favorite place to kill a turkey, but I think I am bowing out this year.. They got 16 inches of snow while we were there last April and did get a may blizzard as well.. Than this October they got blasted with Feets of snow.. I watch the intellicast snow coverage map and the heart of the hills has been 2+ feet all winter long..
Not trying to deter folks but this long winter on a already down turkey population is not going to bode well..