Yeah there is 27,141 tags still left in zone 3. There have been a few more people dropped turkey hunting and a lot of them have dropped the early draw system with all the OTC tags that they can get.
There is a HUGE difference between TURKEY HUNTERS and people that go TURKEY HUNTING.
With that being said a lot of it has to do with the internet and TV, so many people view this stuff and are convinced that they have to have everything out there to kill a turkey, and with that kind of belief they find they can't afford to be a great turkey hunter, so they give it up. A lot of people are ashamed to ask for advice so they give up. It really doesn't take much to fill a tag, you don't need fancy guns or calls or cloths or shells, yes they help you, but are they needed, NO. A little knowledge and patients will fill more tags than any fancy thing you carry, all you need to know is how to use it. Everybody wants the quick kill can't fail method.