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Old 07-06-2007, 07:41 AM
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Quite often many of us become frusterated with those dang henned up gobblers.(tough to hunt).Many of us including me,support fall seasons to harvest hens which not only provide an opportunity to hunt and great table fare,but help in balancing our gobbler to hen ratio's.Intrestingly enough the NWTF has done study's on gobbler to hen/ratio's and has came to the conclusion you basically CANNOT have to many hens per gobbler simply because hens have everything to do with how many gobblers live in your area......Read this.....
http://www.nwtf.org/all_about_turkeys/populations.html
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:24 AM
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Hey makes sence to me... I like the idea of more turkey!!!

I really don't fall turkey hunt much... I'm usually in a tree stand that week...
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:28 AM
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I don't hunt them in the fall but many do. The winter kill here usually thins them out but the flock is still growing.
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:59 AM
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interesting article. i'm still a die hard fall hunter though. i can't bring myself to pass up chasing turkeys after the deer is in the freezer. plus, it's a great time to take kids out.
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:29 PM
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I'll be fall hunting for the first time this year, and if one gobbler walks below my treestand, BAM!

In Tennessee, you can hunt turkeys from treestands.
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:55 PM
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I use to want to get rid of the hens during the fall so there won't be as many during the spring hanging around the gobblers, but if you think about it, more hens mean more turkeys on your property. I pretty much don't care about the hens anymore and hope they continue to breed like crazy so the populations will continue to grow.
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:59 PM
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I thought I read something long ago that hensare affectedif they encounter too many other hens in their travels - frequent encounterswith other hen turkeys affects their hormones, reducing their likelihood of breeding/nesting (fecundity), away to self-regulate the population...

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Old 07-22-2007, 08:09 AM
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Fsh....although competition and population does seem to playa part,even the social status of the hen population during the breeding season,the ecological side of fecundity plays I believe a more prominent role in the receptiveness of the overall hen population in a given area.Ecologically speaking the enviroment,feed,water,habitat,really dictate higher or lower fecundity in most all animal species.
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