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Sad Season In PA

Old 06-10-2007, 12:23 PM
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Through hunting networks in PA, many clubs are saying this year has been the worst in decades for turkey. Any other social thoughts on why PA turkey season was not successful this year for hunters. Share your news.
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Old 06-10-2007, 03:54 PM
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Indiana season was down as well. I believe it was the weather. We had a warm spell early then it turned off cold. It effected the turkey hunting quite a bit...
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Old 06-10-2007, 04:34 PM
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I agree..it was truely sad for the most part...it's been getting worse every year for the last 10 or so..AMBUSHING is taking it's toll, The "SECOND" tag I feel didn't help matters at all..it may not seem like a big deal but we've seen the results on public and open ground.. We need to return to the days of CALLING..BAN the decoy..the root of all ambushing without ever making a call... lots of change needed but it doesn't look like anyone in HARRISBURG really cares about the hunting part..they are interested in the second tag $21 and the possibility of a turkey hunting license !!!
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Old 06-10-2007, 06:19 PM
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I agree, the turkey hunting was very poor this year. I only heard one bird all season and he wasnt intrested in any of my calling. Im not sure why this year was so much worse than the last few years. I cant remember, were you able to buy an extra tag last year?
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Old 06-10-2007, 07:48 PM
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I don't think this year was bad at all. I managed to kill two longbeards,and call in 4 other longbeards for other hunters. There have been over 100 birds logged in on the huntingpa.com site. And I have seen at least 10 longbeards since the close of the season. Just my .02

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Old 06-10-2007, 08:02 PM
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it was some of the hardest hunting i have done, thankfully i was blessed, but boy was it tough.
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Old 06-11-2007, 06:04 AM
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You bet it was one of the wiederest season I have ever witnessed inthe many states I hunted.

There was no rythm or reason to it. The birds where in a vast array of breeding from no hens to grouped Toms to flocked birds with jakes Toms and hens right up to the end.

Nothing - I mean nothing was typical to their behavior I have witnessed in past years.

What made me successful as I worked very hard at it.

Concentrated on single Toms where I could find them - I found these more callable.
Concentrated on areas I had patterned Toms that seemed to use the same terrain consistenlty.

I left groups of Toms alone - did no calling - but if one wanted one of these guys you needed to wait them out in area and hope they walked by.
I was very cautious with my calling and did not get aggressive at all or Cutt at anything - it just did not work. Small vrey soft clucks - maybe an occasional soft series of yelps - seemed to be more productive for me.

4out of 5 Toms taken by me and my group I called came in silent.
Periods hunted was from 3/22 to 5/20....

Birds did gobble from the roost but once ont he ground became silent most times.

Anyways just some musings


And I passed on 11 Jakes.
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:59 PM
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this was also the wierdest season i've ever had. didn't hear 1 gobble in 3 mornings in SD despite seeing tons of sign and being in an area that holds a lot of birds. here in KS, i think the weather messed them up. opening day of the youth season, IT SNOWED. after that it was almost constant rain and a lot of it. the toms would gobble on the roost but fly down with the hens and be grouped up all day long. when i was able to get a tom moving my direction, they'd get chased off the field by jakes. i've never seen so many jakes in my life which should be good for this fall and next spring. bottom line is i had to work way harder to get my birds than i ever have but that is turkey hunting. good news is that i saw more hens and jakes than ever before.
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Old 06-13-2007, 03:56 PM
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i only hunted 2 days and took a buddy out the first saturday.

from what i seen id call it normal and a typical PA season. worked birds all 3 hunts. killed mine on heavily hunted state game lands the 2nd day i went out...

first day i worked 2 birds..the first thursday i worked atleast 4...killed mine that day.

first saturday i took my buddy and worked more..just no dice

our season is always a little wierd...this was my 9th season...it can be hit or miss...depends on who stirred things up and mother nature...this was the dryest spring season ive seen in a while. i think the moon phase was a little off and may hurt the gobbling...but i found hot birds all 3 days i went out...hens are another factor.

turkey hunting in PA is gaining popularity daily...back when i started it was almost rare to see a turkey hunter. dad started 8 or so years before then and he didnt think anyone else hunted them!! now everyone wants to be a turkey hunter...but not everyone knows how to play the game...and it adds to the pressure.

the only thing the 2nd tag MIGHT do is add a littleeee more pressure..but those guys killing their first bird and hunting for a second are typically good diehard turkey hunters. i forget the numbers...i think on 7000 or so were sold the first year and i think less this year...that aint many...and say MAYBE half were filled...that aint that many more spring birds...flocks definently arent hurting...
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:15 AM
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This year was miles ahead of last season. Much nicer weather, more cooperaitve birds.
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