The wet is bad enough, the constant cold is compounding the pain on birds. We are suppose to have 3-4" more snow so count yourselves lucky if you only get rain.
I start hunting season C unit 1, it's a river hunt and I hope there is some areas above water to hunt. If not I also have a unit 3 tag which contains lots of big forest areas.
Last night I posted a first week hunt report on my charlie elk personal blog.
Treerooster and I have been talking about the nesting. He brought up an interesting theory about soil temps, I did some extensive searching and reading turkey studies on this concept. Found there is no research on it, at least none I could find. I'm working a post about the details of the hypothesis.
From the research I read photo period controls when and turkeys peak nesting all over the country takes place the last week of April.
Over the years I have found turkey nests as early as Mid March and as late as mid August. Judging by the varying sizes of poults in the fall many of the early and late nests must succeed.
ticklishtompro wrote: He said, well at least we got all this rain early so the nesting should be good. I asked what he meant by that. He said since there is so much water everywhere and all the low areas are flooded and will probably stay that way for a while, the birds should nest in higher and drier areas and if we have heavy rains later, the nests won't get flooded out. It does make sense, guess I really didn't think about that. So let's hear what you all think.
This is one way to look at it. However, if this were to be the case the nests would be more concentrated and subject to higher than normal predation. When the flooding subsides the turkeys will "rush" in to eat all the high protein insects and invertebrates in those flood zones. I have no doubt there will be some re-nesting taking place into these areas.