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.
"Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret." - Ambrose Bierce