2021 turkey reports
Spent yesterday w my 80 year father tackling the first season turkey...the morning had them gobbling in all directions...the hens and Tom's were very vocal so we always new were the birds were in relationship to us...we had probably 50 to 70 birds on a 300 acre property so no shortage of birds...you'd be amazed at how many birds and not one came within 80 yards of us...it was cold..we got snowed on big time...the ground was white again...hunted til 9 to no avail...
Went back in afternoon and it was so windy..again birds were vocal and they managed to work all around us without us seeing them until the last 5 minutes of season when we had one come in with a beard about 6 inches so my dad blasted him or it...not sure if it's a Jake or a bearded hen but he got it...it was great being w him again
ton of hens again this year by me, always makes it interesting
Good work DDC. As for decline in bird numbers, we noticed a drop when the neighbors sold the cattle. No more recycled corn to get them through the coldest months. Still plenty around to keep it interesting. Good luck in the weeks ahead.
Was a great opening morning for the Duck Disaster crew. We all bagged out. Birds came at 7am 3pm and 5 pm. 3 different properties All public land south central Wisconsin. We worked many birds. Had as many 5 gobbling back at once. And saw as many as 15 total toms. We put in allot of scouting both b4 and after work. Allot of miles on the boots but all worth it. A day we won't soon 4get.
I agree in most areas the turkey population is taking a beating. I hunt between two counties and the past few years have been less and less turkeys. While the coyote/raccoon numbers keep growing along with more and more hunters. Also in my area we lost a big section of public land and habitat to endless fields of solar panels. I have a feeling it's going to get worse cause I can't see the dnr going away with all the extra tags. They would lose way to much money.
I agree with all said aswell, I normally see way more toms and turkeys in general in most areas around se wi and in central part of the state in years past, I have also seen less toms out and birds in different fields than I've seen before. which is weird to me, Imo I think after a couple hard winters they are thinning out a bit in some areas, it just seems that everybody assumes turkeys are all over and have a giant population, I think some more effort should be focused on the turkey population here in the state.
goodhuntin all and be safe!
Not a report but an observation. I was trout fishing by Richland center on Sunday, beautiful calm morning 60 deg day,never heard a gobble and only saw 2 strutting toms. May have been a fluke but in most years would have seen alot more driving around checking streams. Noticed I'm not seeing them in the usual spots around the area i live in south central Wi too. Any one else notice this?
Heard a Tom gobbling behind work this morning. Sure made me wish I was in the woods instead of at work but oh well.
missedagain - I remember about 10-20 years ago, it seemed like nearly every other field I would drive by had 30 to 40 birds in it.
I'm not seeing anything near that these days while driving around and scouting and also including time spent in the tree bowhunting.
I don’t think overall numbers are down. Definitely think the hen to Tom ratio has gotten worse. Way too many hens. I’d actually be in favor of some either sex tags being issued in spring.