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Old 03-22-2017, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thee weeks away from the turkey hunt and this upland game forum is nearly void of any turkey talk. Forums all around the country are alive with chatter about turkey hunting. I simply don't know what to think. Is the fad ending? Just seems strange to me.
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"A turkey is just a turkey, they're lousy." I feel like a lot of guys believe that. They've shot a few and are calling it quits.

I also think that the winter has delayed all the turkey talk, but then again this forum isn't as gobblin' as it used to be.

Turkey hunting is way fun and it makes you a better elk hunter. IMO
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I wish the fad was ending...less competition for me.

I'm just worried 50 other guys are watching the same groups of birds I've been patterning for the past month. I wish I could find a sleeper group out of the way that nobody else knows about, but that hasn't happened so far.

I am excited to see them starting to strut and gobble. I think the timing is going to be perfect for the opener in a couple of weeks.
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Somebody said they all winter killed; starved, raptors and roads.
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Thee weeks away from the turkey hunt and this upland game forum is nearly void of any turkey talk. Forums all around the country are alive with chatter about turkey hunting. I simply don't know what to think. Is the fad ending? Just seems strange to me.
Didn't you hear? Almost all of them died this winter, so everyone turned their LE tags back in. We're still more than a month away from the general season.
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Somebody said they all winter killed; starved, raptors and roads.
Goofy first mentioned a lack of birds where he was at and I mentioned our local flocks are gone as well. Some still find alot of birds... but I've looked a bit where there are usually dozens and haven't seen a bird since Jan 1. I'm going to save my work vacation days for more summer camping / fishing and not hunt them this year.


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I'd bet that if we had a "shed hunting" forum it would be alive! With the value and popularity of shed hunting, I'm surprised anyone hunts turkeys anymore.

but, that just means better hunting for those of us that look forward to a set of spurs more than a set of sheds!
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I'm looking forward to it. But it keeps turning into a chore year after year of getting closer to a tom, but then something goes wrong. Last year, it was me missing...
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Guys I work with didn't draw a turkey tag this year that are pushing 5 points in the bank, so I don't think it is dying. I didn't draw a tag this year, but I didn't have any points, so that is to be expected. I still plan on doing the OTC hunt. My wife killed her first turkey on the OTC hunt last year, so that was cool. We never could get the big tom we named "Turkzilla!" Killed a couple with the scattergun, but I'm gonna try to get it done with a bow for the first time this year.
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Goofy first mentioned a lack of birds where he was at and I mentioned our local flocks are gone as well. Some still find alot of birds... but I've looked a bit where there are usually dozens and haven't seen a bird since Jan 1. I'm going to save my work vacation days for more summer camping / fishing and not hunt them this year.


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My family's farm down by Cedar City has scads of turkeys on it right now. Even if I drew a tag this year it wouldn't matter though. By the time the turkey hunt starts in a few weeks, they will have scattered to the four winds and you'd be hard pressed to find even one.
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