Weather is crucial to nesting success no doubt about it!
They say the varmints are preoccupied eating the abundant cicadas as well( 2024 Is Missouri next cicada invasion)Yes, but they have to hatch first!
Interesting that warm and dry weather also accompanied the boom......and racoons didnt eat all the eggs.
Dont get me wrong, I will kill every racoon I can, but what we really need is better weather, IMO.
Maybe in your neck of the woods but NE MO was wet and cool. My prediction will be lucky to see 1:1 ratio when said and done.Interesting. We had the floods during nesting but once the hatching has started it has been warm and dry. In wonder how the hatch will be this year in SWMO.
just need about 10-12 gobblers to be presentson a a few various properties we hunt them on! Or, half that will still be fun chasing them.Turkey production goes up in a cicada year because poults and hens benefit from the availability of the abundant invertebrate food, spend less time feeding, and have less exposure to predation,” explained Indiana DNR turkey biologist
Zack Dunks, a turkey biologist for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, says the last major cicada emergence in 2008 led to a record year of wild turkey breeding and resulting poults.