Hunting heavily pressured birds

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Re: Hunting heavily pressured birds

Postby Duke0002 » February 28th, 2012, 11:13 pm

dewey wrote:Great advice Scott as always! I almost need to create a word document of all of the great advice on this forum so I can access easily and not forget it.



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Re: Hunting heavily pressured birds

Postby Treerooster » February 29th, 2012, 12:00 am

dewey wrote:Great advice Scott as always! I almost need to create a word document of all of the great advice on this forum so I can access easily and not forget it.


I have already done that. Willowridge shows up a lot.
As far as this turkey thing......I know know enough...that I don't know enough

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Re: Hunting heavily pressured birds

Postby TurkeyJohn » May 9th, 2012, 10:52 am

I was out this morning and have come to the conclusion that birds can become pressured, not just by us humans, but I think their natural predators can spook them out of an area as well.

I've been to a property I've taken birds from for years. Like our friends online here that have seen their honey holes go dry, mine has too. Over the weekend I heard there was a cougar sighted in the area so I was extra vigilant this morning. So, I'm nestled against a great tree in a great spot across the field where for years the birds have roosted consistently. What goes bopping by my set up? It was either a fisher or a martin :shock: , not sure which, but a predator none the less. I watch him go and continue to wait. Well, after a couple of hours without a sound, other than some distant gobbling far to the south, I decide to see if I can get any kind of response. Nope, nahdah, nothing. :roll: If they were there they were all hushed up and didn't fly down to their usual spot either. So I pack up and move to a new spot on the other side of the property. While walking, I'm checking the ground looking for turkey tracks, cougar tracks, anything. The only tracks I find are coyote tracks, and they're everywhere.

So, here's my conclusion. Not only do we as hunters pressure the birds, and I know there is more than just me hunting and working this particular bunch. But, I think certain predators have figured them out too and have been hitting them hard as well. Combination of hunters, coyotes, martins/fishers, owls and the alleged cougar, I can see why they've moved on out.

Thus, I think I've decided to write this property off for this season as after 3 mornings and 1 afternoon out, I've yet to have a response or even a visual of a huntable bird, saw 1 lonely hen opening morning. I do have other places to go and have taken one dandy 22 pounder on the 1 morning I went elsewhere, so I know it's not me. :D

Any one else have any theorires? Love to hear them,

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Re: Hunting heavily pressured birds

Postby turkey junky » May 9th, 2012, 11:05 pm

i hunt in a area that has high cougar numbers high coyote numbers bears fox & hunters & they all live with one another but yes i do think it will put them turkeys on edge if there is to much pressure by hunters be it human or animal!!! i think they will still use the area just less vocal & for less time... after things settle down & the hunters moves on or is less noticeable to the turkeys they will then again move into the area unless some major death of turkey took/takes place at that spot more then a few times... but if turkeys vacated there honey holes when preditors move in there would be very few turkeys staying in 1 place for very long id have to say...


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