Sunsets on Turkey season 2012

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Sunsets on Turkey season 2012

Postby charlie elk » January 1st, 2013, 11:15 am

What a great year of hunting, the weather mostly cooperated both for bird recruitment and during the season. There are more game birds across the landscape of Wisconsin than I have ever seen. The spring turkey season should be outstanding. I think WI now has the largest turkey population in the country and fewest hunters. We ended the fall season with 42,002 unsold tags...
So many tags so little time.
I have a tradition of hunting the final minutes of every season as a way to reflect and say goodbye to its blessings. I also believe by doing this I'll have good luck in the future seasons. Here is a picture of the final view of turkey season 2012.
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We had just flushed about 50 turkeys off into the sunset to roost. I waved goodbye while Vic barked a goodbye.

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2012 was a great season, Vic became more polished, I learned a lot as usual especially about winter turkey hunting with a turkey dog, it is very challenging to say the least. We are thankful for a very bountiful turkey harvest and after a few days of rest I will begin to obsess over the arrival of season 2013.

Anyone else with final thoughts and experiences of 2012 to share?
Happy hunting in the New Year everyone.
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Re: Sunsets on Turkey season 2012

Postby merocustomcalls » January 1st, 2013, 11:30 am

I lease a farm in southern Eau Claire County for hunting all year round. I have not hunted there the past two years in the spring because there were so few birds. I'm happy to report finding two different flocks of young poults each about a dozen strong. Not sure what this spring will be like there but at least it seems like the birds are on the rebound.

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Re: Sunsets on Turkey season 2012

Postby AWTHDA » January 1st, 2013, 8:59 pm

Charlie - that's a good tradition, I do that too. I knew WI has the largest turkey population in the country, but I didn't know we had the fewest hunters! My neighbor and I wore snow camo to hunt around a Lake on the last day 12/31. It was a sunny 22d but tough walking in a foot of snow (no snowshoes). Easier walking in 3" of snow under the pines where I was, when Keena found this one hiding under the edge of the cedars. This delicious young jenny offered the perfect standing shot when it flew up to a big oak. No pellets in the breasts (now in the freezer) - the legs and thighs went in the slow cooker this morning and made dinner tonight. Another trophy Wisconsin turkey (every one is to me). I moved from Zone 3 to Zone 2 last year and there's just as many turkeys over here. I'll see small groups of 3 or 4 birds, to flocks of 50 to 100, across the road from each other in December. When I'm hunting fall wild turkey in Wisconsin, I feel like that first white man who looked out on the plains at all those buffalo. Jon
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Re: Sunsets on Turkey season 2012

Postby Gopherlongbeards » January 2nd, 2013, 12:13 am

Definitely a good tradition Charlie, less than four months till we're back chasing those gobblers again. Poor Vic has to wait a bit longer.

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