First of the year... nice bunch!

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  1. ALLSTAR 1

    ALLSTAR 1 Elite Refuge Member

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    ran into 2 hens with 20 plus flying size (not frying size, thank you) poults this mornng. Great to see.
     
  2. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member

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    I've got 2 hens hanging around, with 5 poults. There were 9 of them. Something thought they were good frying size...
     
  3. soiltester

    soiltester Elite Refuge Member

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    This hen had at least 10 or more earlier!!
     

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  4. thatguy2

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    Yet to see one on my place. I have a bunch of hens without poults though
     
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    duck stopper Elite Refuge Member

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    Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife runs a voluntary turkey brood survey each summer. Since the first of June I have seen 20+ hens in various areas of western Mass. Out of those 20 hens I saw 3 hens in a flock with a total of 15 poults. In another area I saw 3 hens with one poult. The rest of the hens had no poults. I have seen some of these hens several times since June and they aren't just leaving their nests to feed, they just don't have any poults. So far it doesn't look good for next spring's season.
     
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    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member

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    Saw those same 2 hens with 6 poults yesterday. No clue where the other little one was hiding when I saw them previously.
     
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    duck stopper Elite Refuge Member

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    I saw a hen this afternoon with 6 poults. They were the size of a quail.

    Doesn't that seem like a late hatch?
     
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    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member

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    Would be for here. Not sure about your area.
     
  9. thatguy2

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    Talking about closing the fall turkey season and dropping the spring gobbler limit to 1 next year.
     
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    So far this summer I've seen twice as many hens without poults as those with poults. Last summer was similar, but by the end of August more poults started showing up. In the spots I hunted this spring gobblers were scarce, but according to a report sent out today by Mass. Wildlife 2016 had the 2nd best kill since the season opened in 1980. 3,054 gobblers/jakes were bagged this spring.
     

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