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Treerooster wrote:I think the thing you first have to ask is how many actual hunters were there and how many are there now. When leftover tags first became readily available a lot of guys went overboard and bought 3 and 4 tags for one period. Some may of got a little giddy with the opportunity but unrealistic for a 5-day hunt. One or 2 tags a period is plenty, especially in the later seasons. I don't know if the DNR keeps track of how many hunters there are compared to tags sold. There is no limit of tags per hunter.
Treerooster wrote:The past 2 winters before this recent one have seen some pretty good die offs of turkeys. In the area I have turkey hunted the last 7 years or so (extreme northern zone 4) has seen a significant decrease in the number of turkeys lately, while I have also seen a huge increase in the number of turkey hunters. I have only hunted 5th and 6th season in Wis but several years ago I could stand in one place and hear 5 or so gobblers at dawn. Last year, on public land, I did not hear 1 gobble on public land for the whole 2 weeks I was there. Not one in 2 weeks. The opportunity to have good hunting later in the season has been greatly reduced IME. The amount of pressure on public land I experienced last year was the 2nd worse I have ever seen. There are areas in Wis that are going downhill as far as quality turkey hunting is concerned and I think more leftover tags could be the result.
Treerooster wrote: I have mentioned this before but felt I was just brushed off like I had no idea what I was talking about.
Treerooster wrote:Were it not for the T&TH hunt this spring I would have probably skipped Wis
Treerooster wrote:I did get a leftover 4th season zone 4 tag (2 weeks makes the long drive more worth while) my cabin is part of the reason I like to turkey hunt Wis in the spring. But I don't plan to stay in the area if the situation is not improved.
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