Turkey Population Report

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Turkey Population Report

Postby dadof3upatree » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:48 pm

THERE AIN'T NONE!  I saw one, once but it died I think.
O.k, its not that bad but its been a tough season so far.  Not many birds under 3 years old this year.
And those 3 year olds are always with the ladys and even if their not, their not gobbling very much at all.  In the last 3 years I've killed a 22lb,21lb, and a 24lb turkey, respectfully.  Not this year.
It is kindof like the bucks in this area, the turkeys don't seem to have to compete for their ladys or territory.  Poor hatch success the last two years, I think.  Gotta pass on those jakes this spring and fall to make next spring better.  And pray for a dryer spring this year.  I did call in a gobbler last weekend for a friend on his land.  Got him to 40 yards after 20 minutes of watching him strut across all the way across a 40 acre field.  He came out from my left and my buddy was on my right 10 yards away.  It was too far for his shotgun.  Plus we thought he would keep coming.  Just then another hunter top the hill behind the gobbler, sending it air born right over our heads. After watching him land 100 yards away and walk out of sight we noticed the hunter.  He came to within 30 yards of our decoys before realizing they weren't real.  It was funny watching him "sneak" in on those plastic birds. It turned out to be my buddys cousin, who had permission to hunt but let no one know he was coming.
O'well, thats hunting I guess.  But very frustrating because I could have killed it at 40 yards. One more point, he never gobbled.  Like boxer in the ring alone...Just no reason to throw a punch.
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RE: Turkey Population Report

Postby GTOHunter » Sat May 02, 2009 3:57 pm

We have been having a slow Turkey Season here too.....like you mentioned the Toms just don't seem to be responding to any calling and the wet weather has been making for a poor season too.I have been noticing several Birds re-grouping this past week so maybe things will pick up a little if this crazy rain ever stops!My Brother In-law shot a nice 24 lb Tom with an 11 1/2 inch beard the first day of the season,but none of us has gotten one since then.I took my youngest Daughter out on the Youth Hunt,we had a few of them gobbling but none came in for a shot...at least she got to say she has a little experience now! [;)] 

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RE: Turkey Population Report

Postby dadof3upatree » Sat May 02, 2009 4:08 pm

And the seed was planted for her to become a turkey hunter.  I love taking my kids.
Where is Missouri are you from?
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RE: Turkey Population Report

Postby MSHunter » Sat May 02, 2009 4:22 pm

Experiencing the same thing here in Mississippi. The season ends tomorrow.

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Postby GTOHunter » Mon May 04, 2009 4:09 pm

Dadof3upatree...I'm about 100 miles south of St. Louis...out in the Country! [;)]
 
I have been taking my oldest Daughter Turkey Hunting but she has been busy so I nominated my youngest Girl to go this year.My oldest Daughter shot her first Deer (.243 Rossi) about 3 years ago and My youngest Daughter is trying out Archery so hopefully some day she can go out with me and do some Bow Hunting? [:D]

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RE: Turkey Population Report

Postby JPH » Tue May 05, 2009 2:49 am

It has been tough in No. Missouri and in So. Iowa for me this year. Numbers are way down and the birds are not playing nice.

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RE: Turkey Population Report

Postby dadof3upatree » Fri May 08, 2009 8:01 am

I quit. No turkey for me this year.  The fish are biting to good to waste anymore time chasing that stupid bird.
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RE: Turkey Population Report

Postby ranwin33 » Thu May 14, 2009 3:11 am

[font=calibri]Missouri hunters check 41,830 turkeys[/font]
[font=calibri]Tuesday, May 12, 2009[/font]
 
[font=calibri]The harvest in the regular spring turkey season was less than last year but more than predicted.[/font]
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[font=calibri]Hunters checked 41,830 turkeys during the three-week regular hunting season and 2,883 during the youth season for a spring harvest total of 44,713. That is fewer than last year's harvest of 46,314, but more than predicted by the Conservation Department. (Missouri Department of Conservation photo)  [/font]
[font=calibri]JEFFERSON CITY–Hunters checked 8,738 turkeys May 4 through 10, bringing the total harvest for Missouri's 21-day regular spring turkey season to 41,830, or 3.7 percent fewer than in 2008.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]Top harvest counties for the three-week season were Franklin with 915, Texas with 839 and St. Clair with 678. Regional harvest totals were: Central, 6,311; Southwest, 6,129; Northwest, 5,820; Ozarks, 5,671; Northeast, 5,472; Kansas City, 4,801; Southeast, 4,197; and St. Louis, 3,430.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]Hunters 15 and younger checked 2,883 turkeys during the youth spring turkey season April 4 and 5. This, brought the overall spring turkey harvest to 44,713. The record spring turkey harvest, including the youth and regular seasons, occurred in 2004, when hunters checked 60,744 turkeys.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]The percentage of juvenile male turkeys, commonly called "jakes," in this year's harvest started out low on opening day, but by the end of the season it had increased to 22 percent. That is close to the average in the past 10 years.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]Hunters killed more turkeys during the regular spring season than predicted by Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Scientist Tom Dailey. Before the season Dailey said he expected hunters to check approximately 40,000 turkeys.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]Looking back on the season, he said one factor in the better-than-expected harvest was strong turkey populations in parts of central, northwest and southwest Missouri. Counties where the harvest during the regular spring turkey season increased by 50 or more included Oregon (79), Franklin (77), Holt (73), Andrew (70), Benton (66), Atchison (61), Camden (53) , and Greene and Jefferson (50).[/font]
 
[font=calibri]"Apparently we continue to have surprisingly strong turkey numbers in parts of northwest and southwest Missouri and some parts of the Ozarks," said Dailey, who supervises Missouri's wild-turkey management program. "Thirty or so counties posted larger harvests than last year, boosting the statewide harvest above my expectations. I had reports from a number of hunters Missouri who said they heard more gobbling than ever this year."[/font]
 
[font=calibri]Counties where hunters checked more than 500 turkeys included Benton, Bollinger, Callaway, Camden, Cedar, Dent, Douglas, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Jefferson, Johnson, Laclede, Macon, Maries, Miller, Osage, Pettis, Polk, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, Texas, Webster and Wright Counties.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]"What's striking about this is that only two of the counties where hunters shot 500 or more turkeys this year were north of the Missouri River," said Dailey. "Five years ago, northern Missouri had 24 counties in the 500-or-better category. Three years ago, there were still 14. This dramatic drop reflects what people have been telling us for the past year or two. Where they used to see flocks of 150 turkeys in fields they might only be seeing 25 or 50 at a time, even less in some areas."[/font]
 
[font=calibri]Dailey said weather is far and away the most significant factor in the decline in turkey numbers. Last year's record-breaking rainfall, a severe Easter freeze in 2007 and several cold, wet springs in the past five years have thwarted turkeys' nesting efforts. Northern Missouri, which had the densest turkey populations, had most to lose.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]Even though this year's harvest is the smallest since 1997, Dailey said he was pleased the harvest was stronger than he expected.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]"In spite of the fact that our turkey harvest is down substantially from a few years ago, Missouri still ranks among the top turkey hunting states in the nation," said Dailey.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]He said with normal temperatures and rainfall from now through mid-summer, Missouri's wild turkeys could recoup some of the losses they have suffered in the past five years.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]"Turkeys have a remarkable ability to bounce back," he said. "With hundreds of thousands of hens out there, if they just raised an average of two poults per year, it would only take two or three years for turkeys to bounce back. That is the key to more turkeys. Reducing the season length or bag limit from two to one has much less of an effect on turkey abundance than does reproduction."[/font]
 
[font=calibri]Missouri's spring turkey harvest has little effect on the population, since only male birds are taken. The fall season takes place before winter, when many young turkeys are lost to predators and severe weather.[/font]
 
[font=calibri]The Conservation Department recorded four firearms-related turkey hunting incidents during the regular turkey season. One was fatal and involved a 56-year-old man pulling a loaded shotgun from his vehicle by the barrel. He was struck in the chest when the trigger caught on an object, causing the gun to discharge. The other three incidents involved shooters who either mistook victims for game or fired at movement.[/font]
 
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RE: Turkey Population Report

Postby dadof3upatree » Mon May 25, 2009 2:14 pm

Thank you for all this information.
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RE: Turkey Population Report

Postby ranwin33 » Wed May 27, 2009 9:52 am

I think the Missouri Department of Conservation websites is one of the best out there.
 
http://mdc.mo.gov/
 
They do a good job.
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