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Turkey hunting

I am hoping to take my 13, and two 11 year olds spring turkey hunting. Anyone have a few birds they want to get rid of? Only the 13 yr old and myself will be shooting. Would love to take the boys and get a couple birds!

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.  Has anyone hunted Morton County SW of Mandan?   I’ve hunted that area for ?38 years and since being retired, I practically live out there during parts of spring, and midsummer through the various season ends. I’m good friends with most of the farmers and ranchers in the area and spend a lot of off road in the pastures and field times so probably see every inch of,those area! 

Over the years we usually see literally  hundreds of turkeys in spring and especially fall, but over the past 2 - 3 years the numbers have fallen drastically.  Each year numbers go down, to the point where last summe4 and fall I only saw one small bunch of turkeys, about 4 or 5 on only one occasion, where we formerly saw literally hundreds. Used to get em on trail cams all the time, but “ast fall I didn’t get a single picture of one!  None of my hunting buddies saw any while hunting pheasants, deer, or setting up deer blinds, and the landowners have all commented on the almost total absence of turheys.  

What’s happening?  Disease?  Or something else?  I’ve heard rumors that a rancher in the area complained to the G &F of turkey depredation, and was told that turkey relocation wasn’t practical so were given the OK to,shoot several hundred each winter.  I emailed the G &F about this but was told that turkeys were small,game and were not counted or much attention paid to them.  

 

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Danged tiny keyboards and fat fingered computer illiterate phone driver!!!!

Anyway, to continue, if this rumor is true, is there not a better way to handle depredation complaints?  Hand out depredation tags, increase legal turkey harvest, etc.  IF this rumor is not true, I’d urge the G and F to look into what is happening down there.  Disease?  About 30some years ago a buddy shot a turkey riddled with avian tuberculosis,,but we’ve never seen or heard of a,case since.

To be clear, I’m not criticizing the rancher to be fed up with turkey depredation, and I’m almost alwa6s in their corner.  But IF there is wanton slaughter going on, I,challenge the G &F to find a better solution.  If the dramatic reduction in Turkeys is a natural phenomena we can sure live with it. 

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Dkwandt, I’d love to take you and your kids out and show you some turkeys, but to be honest, I’m not sure we’d find much, if anything.  But p email  me and if you can’t find a better place I’ll try to help you out if I can. . Probably plenty of turkeys elsewhere in Morton County - I’m only referring to that one area.   So apply, it’s normally a good area.   For the first time in decades I’m not going to bother applying for a tag though I Love spring gobbler hunting.  Except for the wood ticks! LOL

 

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Numbers seem down to me here too. From what we usually see anyway. Here is McHenry County. There are birds- but nothing like it was only 3-4 years ago. Good luck out there!

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I sent you a reply via email. It will be under hitlisthunts@yahoo.com.

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I am always glad to hear how the passion for hunt can create a strong bond between dad and son. Good luck