Hunters Take A Record Number Of Turkeys During Kentucky's 2010 Spring Season

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Hunters Take A Record Number Of Turkeys During Kentucky's 2010 Spring Season

Postby shaman » May 14th, 2010, 2:07 am

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May 13, 2010
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[/right] [font="arial"]FRANKFORT, Ky. - For the second year in a row, hunters took a record number of [font="arial"]wild turkeys[font="arial"] during the state's spring season.

Hunters telechecked 36,094 birds during the 23-day season, which closed May 9. It was the first time since 2002 that hunters had posted a record harvest for two years in a row.

Kentucky reached its record despite high winds, heavy rains and extensive flooding which made the hunting difficult during the last two weeks of the season.

Steven Dobey, wild turkey biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said he believed the foul weather had an impact on the harvest. "It rained the last two weekends of the season," he noted. "If it had been clear, I think over 40,000 birds would have been taken."

The final tally for the 2010 spring season was an increase of 24 percent over the 29,007 taken during the 2009 spring season.

Kentucky wild turkey flock currently has an estimated 220,000 birds. Dobey said while turkey populations have "reached capacity in some areas, there is still room to grow in others."

Kentucky held its first modern day, statewide spring wild turkey season in 1996. Hunters are experiencing quality hunting in all 120 counties, where suitable habitat is available, with a stable percentage of adult gobblers in the harvest.

Clearly, Dobey said, flocks east of Interstate 75 are continuing to expand.

"The biggest increases in harvest occurred in the mountain counties, especially in the 7th (Fish and Wildlife Commission) District, where the harvest was up 42.3 percent over 2009," he said.

The 7th District contains 13 counties bounded by Pike, Lawrence, Owsley and Harlan counties. Eleven of those counties are within Kentucky's elk restoration zone, which includes a substantial amount of reclaimed coal mine land. "There's lots of good habitat for turkeys in elk country," said Dobey.

The 9th District, which stretches west past Lake Cumberland along the state's southern border, includes public land in the Daniel Boone National Forest and Lake Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. That district posted a 32.6 percent increase in harvest.

In the northeastern 8th District, which stretches from Ashland to Bourbon County, hunters took nearly 25 percent more turkeys than last spring.

Despite the increase in the season harvest, hunter success remained unchanged, Dobey said. "Seventy-three percent of hunters telechecked one bird. Overall, more hunters were successful - and that's a great thing to see."
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RE: Hunters Take A Record Number Of Turkeys During Kentucky's 2010 Spring Season

Postby shaman » May 14th, 2010, 2:14 am

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In the northeastern 8th District, which stretches from Ashland to Bourbon County, hunters took nearly 25 percent more turkeys than last spring.


I'm in the middle of that region, in Bracken County.  Overall, our harvest numbers were up, but our rank in the NE region and in the state in general slipped quite a bit.  Other counties in the area did much better than we did.  Bracken is an odd one:  the state and the region are getting better and better.  Bracken is still slipping a little every years.

My guess?  These are harvest numbers, not population.  My point is that either there are fewer hunters hunting Bracken, or there is something that is keeping them from being successful.  I hunted almost the entire season, coming home only for a couple job interviews.  The turkeys were weird all season.  I never got to see a strutter out in the field in the afternoon.  I never had any mid-day or late-day action.  For us, the big action was just before season started.   

I ate tag soup, after calling two in for Angus and calling in SuperCore's two. Digging through Telecheck, I saw a lot of familiar names missing, so there's a bunch of old farts in Bracken County eating tags this year.  What's up with that?
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RE: Hunters Take A Record Number Of Turkeys During Kentucky's 2010 Spring Season

Postby MAKEemQUIVER » May 20th, 2010, 4:35 pm

I hunt down in Lincoln County and have to say that the birds responded great for me this year. Probably the best year that I have ever had turkey hunting. Cant wait til next spring.


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