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Old 02-19-2017, 06:21 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm considering turning my LE Central tag back into the F&G. I'd be surprised if the DWR didn't close the General season in the Northern areas.
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Old 02-19-2017, 09:27 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm looking out my back pasture as I type- probably 80 to 100 in the field behind me eating with the cows. Don't think they had many problems in Paradise. 2 nights ago on the way home from Logan traffic was stopped in both directions to let a flock cross the highway.
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Old 02-19-2017, 10:15 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I think you guys are putting to much into this winter kill stuff. Turkeys, if living in good, proven turkey habitat will survive some mighty tough winters. They survive harsh winters better than deer and winter kill is not normally a huge factor in numbers present in the spring. I would be interested in seeing actual studies showing an increase in turkey depredation by hawks and eagles due to snow covering. I personally don't believe there is much difference if there is snow on the ground or not, but I have been wrong before. Much more devastating to turkey populations is a cold wet spring. Hatchling turkeys, and other upland game birds as well, can suffer terribly under these conditions leaving population devastated. The good news is that mother nature has factored this in their survival scheme with large numbers of hatchings. A few birds in the spring can produce large numbers in a very short time if conditions are good in the spring. So, don't worry too much, as long as we have birds in good basic turkey habitat, they will survive and flourish.
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:59 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm considering turning my LE Central tag back into the F&G. I'd be surprised if the DWR didn't close the General season in the Northern areas.
I'd be surprised if winter kill was that high. We basically had a month and a half of bad weather and it has been warm since and melted a lot of snow. While I'm sure there was higher winter kill than years past I doubt this year wiped out a large majority of them. With a good bathing season numbers will be okay. BP is right a good hatch is the most important part of bird populations.
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"A good bathing season"? I can see those thunder chickens doing cannonballs into the hot pots right now!

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Old 03-09-2017, 06:52 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'd be surprised if winter kill was that high.
Oh it really was. Local flock is just *gone*, haven't seen even a track in fresh snow in over a month. Winterkill got some, raptors killed the rest. Its crazy how many kills I could see though the spotter, big black spots on the hills made up from piles of black feathers.


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Oh it really was. Local flock is just *gone*, haven't seen even a track in fresh snow in over a month. Winterkill got some, raptors killed the rest. Its crazy how many kills I could see though the spotter, big black spots on the hills made up from piles of black feathers.


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Yes, they are all gone the places I hunt too. Everyone better just stay home this year. In fact I think Dallan is lying, those piles of black feathers on the hills are still moving. Everyone should try out his spots because mine are all empty.
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If I could get away from work, I would hunt the Boulder Mts. I won't hunt turkeys this year.

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What a bunch of babies. Even if there aren't quite as many birds as last year, that's no reason to start all the doom and gloom... "I ain't even going huntin this year, oh woe is me, I better turn my LE tag back in, the birds are just all gone, nothin but a pile of black feathers left"...really boys, you should of tried turkey hunting in Utah back in the 90's...and I still had a ball.
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What does a good batch have to do with hunting turkeys this spring?
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