ylpnfol wrote:[quote any way if there is a overpopulation in SD & thats how they manage there population with killing hens ok but if they just gave it a few years wouldnt the turkey overpopulation take effect & bring the turkey numbers down???
ok, so hunters harvest some hens for the pot, instead of leaving them on the forest floor to rot.....
This is the basic idea behind modern wildlife management techniques. Yes, "mother nature" will settle on a sustainable population of turkeys on her own, but if those birds are going to die anyways, many folks are of the mind that we may as well let hunters take them. In many cases a population that is sustaining some harvest will actually become LARGER and contain more biomass than an unharvested population. Harvest keeps the population young, healthy, and in the "drive to expand" mode. Do some google searches (google scholar if you're really interested) on Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and game bird populations. below is a quick read on the general idea (yes it's wikipedia, but in this case mostly accurate).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximum_sustainable_yield
Oh and TJ, no hard feelings at all. Discussion with different viewpoints is what makes life interesting. There are no "wrong" opinions on this issue.