Anyone else having a poor turkey season so far?
Last year, which is the first year I spring gobbler hunted on my new homestead, I was covered up in turkeys. My property was loaded with nesting hens and there were always unbred hens hanging around and roosting in a wet area of the property and gobblers were always coming and going. I could film strutters right off my back porch.
This year, nothing. A couple of nesting hens are using the property. I had a gobbler roosted on property a week or so before the season started and that's been it. Cameras show no additional gobbler activity.
I would guess that the turkey population has significantly shrunk, as I'm not hearing many gobblers around on surrounding properties and seeing few nesting hens on the road. I have a neighbor that likes to snare turkeys with fish hooks, and other neighbors that shoot hens on site because of the damage they do to food plots, but my understanding is that all of that has been doing that for years and it it probably hasn't had a major effect on the local population. Its been extremely wet up here last summer and fall. Not sure how the rain effects the health of adult turkeys if at all.
I do have a bobcat on property I haven't been able to trap or kill yet. As big as my hound. Not sure if it would keep the turkeys away either. It isn't keeping the nesting hens away.
I have plenty of food and water available and a good place to roost. So I'm not sure why they're gone.
Anyhow, anyone else having a below average season?