bobby, our bird population is still low but improving every year. turkey hunting is still relatively new here in utah. ten years ago we had almost a non existant population, but through transplants and a lot of private land owner help our birds are doing better every year. in 2007 the state issued 3000 permits, 2008 they issued 7700, and in 2009 we got 13,700. the hunt is divided into what they call the a b and c hunts. a was 4/11-4/19, b 4/20-5/3, and the c was 5/4-5/31. a limited number of permits were given for the first two hunts with most being for the c hunt. most of our breeding took place during the first two hunts.
my father, wife and i had permits for the c hunt. the first week or two we got some responses to calls and decoys, not much though. by the end of the second week we had to change tactics and try to ambush them traveling between water, food, and roost trees.