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post #21 of 32 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 09:50 AM
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The first Wednesday of the season was the only googling I heard and I called in 3 Jake’s and two of them started attacking my Avian Jake decoy.

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I seen some today
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I seen some today

Just my take from reading posts here, looks like you guys in western part of the state still have a decent population of birds? I really hope what's happened to us in the eastern part of the state doesn't happen to you guys! And before somebody says I live in the eastern part of the state and I hear birds every morning! I mean the whole eastern part of State in the whole not little nooks and crannies that still hold a few birds.
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Seen the average amount this spring in my area.

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I saw two gobblers and 1 Jake in my three days of PA hunting....and about 6 hens.....who are now looking for new gobbler mates......

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Well, I don't know about state-wide but in three trips encompassing 6 days to a particular SGL I called up 14 jakes and two toms.
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This post scares me. I certainly did not see any jakes this year and I’m usually good for letting about 5-10 walk per season. Very concerning.

I don’t want to start any crap about shooting jakes - and kids or a first bird definitely constitute an exception - but right now more than ever I see no reason to be killing them. I got guys around me who run around bragging that they’re serious turkey hunters but have no problem putting jakes in the dirt. I recognize you can be both a good turkey hunter and shoot jakes - and usually I keep my thoughts to myself -but I feel like we are in dire straights right now. Will not shooting jakes save a declining turkey population that isn’t declining due to hunting pressure? No... but people don’t go broke because they get a 3 dollar cup of coffee every morning - it’s a lifestyle and attitude.

This type of thing is like going bankrupt - it’s gradual until it’s sudden.

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This post scares me. I certainly did not see any jakes this year and I’m usually good for letting about 5-10 walk per season. Very concerning.

I don’t want to start any crap about shooting jakes - and kids or a first bird definitely constitute an exception - but right now more than ever I see no reason to be killing them. I got guys around me who run around bragging that they’re serious turkey hunters but have no problem putting jakes in the dirt. I recognize you can be both a good turkey hunter and shoot jakes - and usually I keep my thoughts to myself -but I feel like we are in dire straights right now. Will not shooting jakes save a declining turkey population that isn’t declining due to hunting pressure? No... but people don’t go broke because they get a 3 dollar cup of coffee every morning - it’s a lifestyle and attitude.

This type of thing is like going bankrupt - it’s gradual until it’s sudden.
What’s the difference if they die as jakes, or long beards? Dead is dead. I personally don’t shoot them, but have no ill will towards anyone who does. They’re legal, shoot em in the face if it makes you happy!

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Passing jakes will not stop the decline of turkey populations.

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I know - I literally said that in my post

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