Silent Spring

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  1. Ramblingman

    Ramblingman Senior Refuge Member

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    ....and I'm not talking about the book. Where are the turkeys!?

    I have put in a lot of miles and boots on the ground....dusk, dawn, doesn't matter....no birds. No gobbling. Private. Public. Traditional turkey hot spots.....nary a hen. Been tough. We have 1 more tag and it's getting down to crunch time.

    No hunters...so that's a plus.
     
  2. thatguy2

    thatguy2 Elite Refuge Member

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    I listened to one gobble at everything the other day while sitting on my back porch. However there are very few turkeys on the landscape here.
     
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  3. ED Vanderbeck

    ED Vanderbeck Elite Refuge Member

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    welcome to a resource over exploited by our greedy goverment did not manage them for the birds sake only for the dollar and then add everything else with it and here we are today NO TURKEYS!!!!!!!!!
     
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    dux/24 7 Elite Refuge Member

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    All the wet springs havent helped either. But we are at a 15 yr low. Fall season needs to end for a few years. No more hen shooting.
     
  5. golden boy

    golden boy Elite Refuge Member

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    Don't upset Gerald Lauber!!

    Have not seen a jake, which tells me how bad the hatches have been lately.
     
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  6. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Hate that for y’all, fellas.
     
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  7. Ramblingman

    Ramblingman Senior Refuge Member

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    2 days in the field (Friday and Saturday) and I heard 2 Toms and they were together and offered just a couple midday gobbles (yesterday). They were out in the open rangeland up in the woody ravines. I never saw them.

    I did get some excitement when I kneeled down next to a cedar and heard a loud buzz and hiss. Looked to my left to see a large bull snake 2 feet away coiled up showing his rattler tail imitation, head back and in attack position.

    I've got em coiled up many times before when I knew they were there, but that's the first time I've agitated one that I had no clue was there. Gets your attention!
     
  8. thatguy2

    thatguy2 Elite Refuge Member

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    Been 2 years since I have seen a jake. Havent had one on trail camera either.

    On cue here comes the heavy rain and flooding to ensure we get no recruitment this year as well.
     
  9. Ramblingman

    Ramblingman Senior Refuge Member

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    Yes, unfortunately we're waterlogged here and more rain coming. Walked through a lot of sheet water in fields and pastures the last couple days.

    No jakes guarantees ZERO 2 year old toms next year which guarantees hens not getting bred in future.
     
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  10. golden boy

    golden boy Elite Refuge Member

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    I would think we will be in the 1 bird for spring season for another 2 years. Can’t imagine going to 2 next year. No poults seen.
     
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