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Anyone seeing fewer turkeys?

Windlooker

New Member
In SC Iowa we have plenty. Never have trouble hearing or seeing them. Numbers appear to be consistent year to year. That said I hear lots of coyotes and see bobcats on a regular basis. Idk.
 

Bowfisher

Active Member
After hunting nearly every day of third season. I would have to say for sure less turkeys in Mahaska county anyway. At least on the ground I have permission on. One spot that is normally a jackpot for half a dozen gobblers. Stopped two mornings in a row before light - nothing but silence. That place has never once let us down over the years.
One thing we did see a lot of during the day - Racoons, probably a dozen roaming in daylight over those days. Very odd.
Another odd thing I observed, out of all of the birds we saw in that time frame, not a single Jake was spotted.
 

Hardwood11

It is going to be a good fall!
I can only give you one small example. The Avian Bird Flu hit Western MN very hard (9 million domestic turkeys died) it wiped out entire barns-in 2014 or 15?. The state or DNR for some reason stacked the dead birds in piles to rot away, the smell was awful. A few farmers even got sick from it.

I had a three parcels of land in that area, and all of them were chock full of turkeys. We would sometimes see 12-20 turkeys per morning hunt. Within the next year, one farm in particular had zero turkeys on it, none. Not even on camera. Another had maybe 1/3 of the prior number.

This combined with Fishers moving into our area (Fishers can kill birds on the roost) and the population really dropped. Numbers are now up a bit, but it is still down overall.
 

tremperje

Member
I often wonder if Youth season has a bigger effect on them than we suspect. It so early in April and it used to be even earlier before they make it only a weekend before season 1. I am sure it a culmination of early hunting, more people tagging out, predators, habitat and pesticides.
 

tremperje

Member
After hunting nearly every day of third season. I would have to say for sure less turkeys in Mahaska county anyway. At least on the ground I have permission on. One spot that is normally a jackpot for half a dozen gobblers. Stopped two mornings in a row before light - nothing but silence. That place has never once let us down over the years.
One thing we did see a lot of during the day - Racoons, probably a dozen roaming in daylight over those days. Very odd.
Another odd thing I observed, out of all of the birds we saw in that time frame, not a single Jake was spotted.
I have also not seen a single jake in 2 years. Another odd thing i have happen over the last couple years, is red tail hawks attacking my hen decoy. I have had it happen twice in 5 years.
 

chadw

Member
Just saw this on how the guys at Midwest Whitetail are assisting DNR to address the problem. Sweet turkey trap!



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northcedar

Active Member
I have not seen a jake this year or last year. I did get a Tom both years, but Turkey numbers are down in my area also. Not much hunting pressure for them around here, so it's not that.
 

Ishi

Decap Nation
This morning two Jakes came in to the decoys. I was in the area that people are saying that numbers are low and I know it’s very true from years ago cause I’ve hunted it for 33 years now. Not sure on the cause but l hardly see turkeys from the LW anymore.
Now where I live and usually hunt turkeys numbers appear to be good. Five Jakes seen so far this year.
 

sep0667

Land of the Whitetail
I have been out every weekend of the seasons so far. Hunting daylight to atleast noon, plus a couple evenings after work. I have not had any confirmed jake sightings. Ran into one bird in the timber that I am not sure if it was a tom or jake, I saw a quick glance of a beard as it took off. Also another sighting of possibly a jake way way out in an open field with a hen, but not sure, to far to tell-I just could tell it was bigger than the hen.
 
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