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  • Is there any region/state where the turkey population is doing well? Or are all populations hurting

     Looking4help520 updated 1 week, 5 days ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Looking4help520

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    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Is there any region/state where the turkey population is doing well? Or are all populations hurting

  • antaresproper

    Guest
    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    They were re-introduced in a lot of places with a lot of attention given to increasing numbers. I think things are leveling off to where they should be.

    That said, they seem to be doing great in my neighborhood but not where I hunt haha

  • Gregvarnes15

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    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Just had this talk tonight. Michigan dnr are saying turkey pop is on decline. Meanwhile turkeys are everywhere

  • playmeortrademe

    Guest
    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    I can say in California they appear to be doing very well

  • ReindeerButtcheeks

    Guest
    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Read a wildlife report, dont remember the source, but said country wide turkey population peaked a few years back which they interpreted as we’ve reached carrying capacity and they should remain steady

  • dirtysoutherngent

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    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Florida seems well

  • TheWaterman83

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    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    According to what I’ve been told: NJ. We have over 30,000 birds which is remarkable when you consider:

    a) How small the state is

    b) How much of it is developed land

  • mschlarf

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    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    There are a few turkey related episodes that have come out recently on the bear grease podcast where they discuss this – I’d recommend giving a listen. I think that the general idea is that turkey populations are declining overall for many reasons, one being that aggressive reintroduction programs in the 80s and 90s artificially boosted numbers. So now to many people who hunted then it seems like turkey hunting now is abysmal. In general, numbers are declining heavily in the south east US, the west isn’t doing all that bad because turkeys are expanding their range in a lot of places, and other places are declining due to habitat loss, climate, predation, etc.

  • Constipation699

    Guest
    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    For what it’s worth in Ohio the dnr reduced the limit from two to one this year

  • militaryCoo

    Guest
    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    NE Washington you can’t move for them

  • MayoAndMustard

    Guest
    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    I managed to shoot one this Spring so, we must be overrun with wild turkeys in south Wisconsin. I do see them everywhere.

  • BigdaddyMcfluff

    Guest
    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    mountains of CO here, somewhere west of Denver. we have more turkey this year, then have had in the previous decade.

  • moutianman

    Guest
    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    I usually see a flock or atleast hear them and I haven’t yet this year which bothers me I always take 1 and I haven’t seen them or any signs of them

  • DaneCz123

    Guest
    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    In WA they are EVERYWHERE east of the Cascades to the point where they are becoming a nuisance. My grandparents place is in the countryside north of Spokane and every morning and evening about 50 of them come onto their property. You scare them away and that does nothing. I haven’t heard anything about a decline besides a low number of Turkey in Montana.

  • doogievlg

    Guest
    May 14, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    It’s down across the country. We peaked at around 6.7 millions birds and are down to 6. This decline has happened within the last 10-15 years. Poult success is way down due to predators of all kind and habitat is disappearing quickly. Deer can adapt to new habitats much faster than turkeys. There are plenty of resources from state biologist, universities, and the NWTF on the population decline. When these people say “I’m seeing tons of birds” that really doesn’t carry much weight. If you want to help then there are plenty of places to donate and every hunter should be trapping coons.

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