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Long before new Tom moves in?

Old 04-28-2018, 03:03 PM
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Default Long before new Tom moves in?

I was wondering how long does it take for another Tom to move into an area, when you shoot the boss Tom?
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Old 04-28-2018, 07:41 PM
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I've seen them attack the one as he's on the ground flopping.


I suppose this would depend on the turkey densities in your area.


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Old 04-28-2018, 08:55 PM
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I'd also suspect it depends on whether it's breeding season. Dominant toms killed in the spring probably get replaced pretty quickly so long as there's hens around. Toms killed in the fall might take longer to replace.
But like Bocajnala suggested, more often than not there's another around, already.
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Old 04-29-2018, 05:04 AM
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Mostly dependent on turkey population.

In areas with low numbers, the tom may not get replaced until the next spring - it really depends on how many hens are in that immediate area.

In high density areas, taking out the boss tom immediately changes the hierarchy. If there was a beta male he'll take over, if not it will be done by committee until the birds establish a new pecking order and a new alpha male emerges.
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