Where have my turkeys gone?Contributors to this thread:
Chip T. 15-May-16
stick n string 15-May-16
Mark Watkins 16-May-16
From: Chip T.
I have been hunting suburban birds around the corner from my house. There were at least 2 dozen amonth or so prior to the opener, 8-9 gobblers, 5-6 jakes and the rest hens. Opening week there were 6-7 gobblers, 3 jakes of which I killed one and 4-5 hens. The other day there were only 5 gobblers and that is it. Just drove around the block and there are only 4 gobblers. Starting tomorrow we can hunt all day so I will be in my blind around 6PM. They head to their roost trees thru the local backyards so I hope to get a shot. I am the only one hunting them and there is no pressure at all so I am wondering what has happened to the rest of the gang. With no hens around I would think that some yelps should get them interested. Might do a live hunt tomorrow
From: stick n string
I bet the hens are nesting so some of them have moved? If you can find a lone tom or toms roaming around after the hens nest later in the morning you will likely be in business!
From: Mark Watkins
I think Jims has your answer!
Good luck and keep us posted on what you find.
Chip, look on the bright side- at least there are some gobblers still around. On the land I can hunt around here ALL the dang turkeys have disappeared! My son and I have struggled terribly for the past week and a half. In my favorite spot we've been completely blanked the last three times we've been there. Tough sleddin' for us...
They've all migrated to Northern California. ;)
Numbers were great in NorCal in mid-March, Embry, but they seem to have been thinned considerably since then!