charlie elk wrote:Don't think of yourself as a hoarder rather a concerned turkey hunter making a financial contribution to turkey management.
There will be a thick wad of tags in my pocket all season. So many tags so little time.
Charlie, I like your wording and it makes me feel better already, yes I will get more tags!!!
Scott, I think you have some good points there. Most hunters, and I stress MOST, do not want to overharvest the game, as they know hunting won't be as good if they do it. It is to bad some don't care. Good management is so important. Like some people won't shoot any does because that means less fawns the next year, which is true, but good management requires keeping doe numbers in check. I am fortunate to hunt some properties that have a lot of deer and turkeys. But when doe numbers get to high, you do not see the mature bucks cruising during the rut cause they don't have to look hard for the hot does. This year we need to shoot some does cause that started happening this last fall. Most of the neighbors I talked to said the same thing, the young bucks, which we let walk, were everywhere, but the mature ones were nowhere to be seen. And there are plenty in the area, but they didn't cruise during daylight hours cause they didn't have to.
Turkey management is a little different, but you know if you have good hatches in your area, lots of jakes, and toms. This past year we saw more jakes than we have in a while, and with the good hatch, it should be stellar fo a while to come as winter kill is ussually not that high over here as lots of people have bird feeders and open farming bunkers that feed is not an issue.