Really don't think it would matter all that much. Egg suckers will still be egg suckers. Their numbers need to be cut in half. Maybe a bounty like they had on coyotes years ago when I was a young pup.
I am good with 2 gobblers a year! And zero hens, bearded or otherwise!Eliminate the fall season, gun and archery, right now and shorten the spring season to 2 weeks like it was before the change some 20 years ago. In reality that wasn't long ago and a majority of active hunters remember the 2 week turkey season. If regulations can change with increasing numbers, why can't it change for decreasing numbers?
If we have the mentality that predators who hunt wild turkeys all through the year do not have a hand in the number of turkeys we have in the state, why have seasons for us humans? We are predatory animals and should be allowed to hunt them all year long with little affect on numbers. Just give us 2 tags to use anytime throughout the year. We get our two gobblers and we all know you just need one in the county to have a .8 ph. Gobbler numbers are unimportant to the stock anyways. The hens are the important factor here but we can still shoot a few of them too. With having a poult/hen ratio of .8, the numbers come out much better for the arguement than if it was 2.0 or more. It's all how you look at it. 2000 hens won't help out with only 1 poult surviving each year over her 3-5 year lifetime. 2000x1x4 is much sounding better than 2000x2x4. In a perfect reality thats 8000 more birds over the 4 years but it's just a drop in the bucket so who cares.
Some, yes. Not all.Are you saying hunters are idiots?
You mean like 6 or 8 birds fewer? Got a chart?😁Not eliminate them. They could still archery hunt turkeys on fall turkey tags if they wanted to. Most probably wouldn't and fewer birds would be killed .
No. I mean that archery hunters are killing more fall turkeys incidentally than fall firearms hunters are intentionally.You mean like 6 or 8 birds fewer? Got a chart?😁
I'd say they would pick up a shotgun instead of a bow resulting in more birds taken....not fewer.
They do have a separate tag. Fall turkey tag . but its only good for October.That’s where I am at. As easy as it could be to intentionally set out to kill a turkey in the fall with a shotgun, I cannot convince myself to sacrifice an opportunity to deer hunt. I always just go deer hunting with the knowledge that some stands offer me an opportunity at either. I’ve only ever taken advantage 2 times and both were long beards.
If they had a separate tag for fall turkeys with archery equipment, I’d probably pass.
Yes , I know. I would support the fall turkey tag being the only one available for fall turkey harvest. People not preparing to target turkeys with archery equipment are going to cause way more wounding loss than those who do. 02I mean if you had to buy them separately when you buy your archery deer tag.