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Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting' started by WaterDog88, May 8, 2018.
When I bow hunt I carry 2 older arrows. Just in case Mr Coon Possum or Yote shows up.
Totally agree. I like hunting afternoons just as much as anyone. But i also feel cutting it out for a few yrs would do nothing but help our population. Along with a few more changes and i dont
Smart man. If i had hay to cut I would do the same thing. Yea it may take a while and be a pain. But its worth it. Not to mention the right thing to do.
How does hunting the afternoon in the spring harm the turkey population?
Right thing to do? I think that’s very debatable. It’s nice, yes. I don’t find a farmer cutting his field without walking it immoral in the slightest.
I know people that do that on small ptracts but not 147 acres. Wow. Kudos to you.
Missouri used to be the top harvesting state in the country and yes, they have no afternoon hunting during spring season.
There are thousands of birds killed every year in the afternoon. By cutting out afternoon hunting thousands of birds will live that are normally killed. Kinda common since. Birds that are henned up in the mornings that wont come in alot if times will in the afternoon as hens go off to nest. Its just 1 way to increase our over all population. I dont want it to stay that way for ever. But i feel like if it along with a few other changes were made our population would increase. But like said thats just 1 way to save several thousand birds.
No walking your land before you mow isnt a law. An if you wanna run over 50 nest on your farm thats your right. Debatable? Sure it is. But again common since will tell you if you run over those eggs they wont hatch. Ha. You got farmers and then you have hunters. Most farmers could care less about wildlife. Where i on the other hand enjoy it and dont wanna shred fawns and turkey eggs. But to each is there own.
Only male and bearded birds may be harvested in the spring. Bearded hens represent less than 5% of the hen population. 1 gobbler can breed countless hens. If the number of turkeys killed during the spring season hurts the overall population....then we shouldn’t be hunting them period. Bedsides if we are concerned about the male population numbers....wouldn’t a reduction in bag limits be a better course of action? A reduction in the length of season?
Nobody in my area is cutting hay yet. Why are they in other places this early?
They started cutting around here in Hardin County last weekend. We always waited until Memorial Day weekend when we had cattle.
I've seen hay being cut & raked for about two weeks now here around Murray (Calloway County).
Which I passed a field last Saturday and commented to my wife that their probably getting a few turkey nest.
But.... its farming and understand my thought process and theirs is two different things.
Is it a necessity that it gets cut now? I no farmer so idk.
Somewhat as rib165 stated..... traditionally around Memorial Day is when a lot of hay is cut.
Which years ago...still in school... we went from setting tobacco to hauling hay about the time school let out for the summer.
Is it a necessity.... that's probably a yes and no answer.
Being weather dictates a lot of it.... and simply timing between corn / tobacco... beans and thrashing wheat.
If they wait later...its going to interfere with row crops ....and with hay..you can wait too long...especially if your attempting two cuttings.
There's a lot of people cutting and wrapping wheat to clear the fields so beans can be planted also first cutting of alfalfa needs to happen when the weather permits, none of my pasture hayfields will be ready for several weeks
This ^^^^. If they wait, they risk losing the head and they also risk ruining a good second cutting.
Not allowing afternoon hunting isn't necessarily to limit the harvest. It is done mainly to limit hunting pressure. Even though hens aren't legal for harvest during spring, their activities are still influenced by hunting pressure.