TheCallDr wrote:The best way to find out what happened in your area is contact your state wildlife dept and talk to the biologist. They will have all the information if it was to some disease. You can also go to your local Sporting Goods stores in your area and talk to them. They should be able to give you feedback from other hunters.No Gobbling all season is not good. So something has changed. We can all speculate for the many reasons but you need to research your area and find out what took place.
Shawn, this a very interesting problem and I think The CallDr has the right idea; hopefully the NYS biologist will have a bead on your area, but I'd love to hear the answer or even the local theories about what caused this.
I'd mention two conditions that have impacted me in the past: in addition to the acorn crop mentioned above, a change in local agricultural activity/practices has sometimes moved birds out of their normal range. Where I hunt in Central NY, as you know we had some wicked flooding the last two years that washed away fields I would normally find birds feeding in. The other issue is coyotes. If you have a big enough coyote problem, that will affect bird movement and vocalization; at least that has been my experience.