- Feb 18, 2014
Reckon yotes and cats will turn the bands in? lol. I sure hope they get answers.Good information. My impression is Danks is serious about the issues. I actually killed one of the banded birds in Tennessee's study this spring; about 300 were banded state wide. The banders are targeting young of the year jakes if possible and are banding in locations far enough apart that no bird banded in one area is likely to end up near other banded birds, thus the biologists hope to use the info from returned bands to determine survival of the banded birds in specific geographical areas by hunting.
They kept saying it was habitat loss causing the decline and I know darn well that that was not true.No one mourns the loss of grouse more than I do, but the problem with the grouse study was it never started until the grouse were basically gone. Twenty years ago the serious local hunters knew grouse were in deep trouble. We begged on here to get some attention to it. Nobody listened. Even today other than West Nile virus issues nobody really knows where the grouse went or why. Grouse is / were a non revenue species.
F and G folks pay attention to revenue generating critters like deer elk and turkey.
Hopefully the turkey study has started before it is too late.
Simple question is what is the alternative ? There really isn’t one. So I say give the study a chance and share all info from other states on research and studies and react with appropriate limits and regulations. Hammer the predators where you can in the meantime.