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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-11-2019, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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34 Gobblers in a flock

I pulled up the mountain to my jobsite this morning and saw a pretty good flock of birds working over the bench down below me.
I don't think I counted them all, but I saw a least 34 gobblers and probably half of them were longbeards.
Not a hen in the bunch.
I've had permission to hunt there for several years, but never really put much time in there. That might change this year.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-11-2019, 07:26 PM
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Wow 34 gobblers keep an eye on them for the season.
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I would thin them out a little.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-11-2019, 07:28 PM
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That's a great flock. My buddy and I saw 32 longbeards together last fall in Ohio. I know turkeys can move long distances from winter to spring but that area is bound to have some gobblers come May.
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My buddy and I are already planning out where to position the kids for the youth hunt. The kids whacked a couple there last year.


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Good deal and be sure some will move miles by spring. Most winters I have 9-11 long beards in a group here on the farm. By spring there are usually 2-3 left. Still nice to know they are around, I do believe the bird #'s have declined in the past 5 years..

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Absolutely. We were talking about it yesterday saying those birds will be in x-hollow, y-hollow, and z-hollow come spring.


The biggest all gobbler flock I ever saw prior to this was 18 ground dragging switches in one group.


There is a large flock of hens behind my house too. About 2 times a week I'll see them scratch in the corn field. Not a red head in the flock.


I would consider the population on a slight uptick, very slight uptick.......don't want to jinx myself.


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Most I ever saw was in the teens in one flock of gobblers.
At the end of spring season a couple years back had three flocks with 7-10 jakes each come past me. I was so made looking for a long beard in any of the flocks, lol!
Meanwhile it’s 25f out today and there was a group of 5 gobblers going off for about 15 minutes till I pushed them off the roost on my way for flintlock.
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