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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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Pocono Turkeys

For all the guys that hunt the "Poconos" in Pike, Monroe, Carbon mainly, what's your assessment of the turkey population. I haven't hunted there for a few years, but the guys I'm in contact with and very good turkey hunters are very concerned at the lack of birds.


What have you seen and what's your opinion?

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I have heard that and also think there other counties in the state are experiencing similar concerns.

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Turkey numbers are way down this year and have been on a steady decline the last 10 years in the Pocono region. I've commented many times on this subject in previous posts if you want to go back and look through them. But in a nutshell yes turkeys are in big trouble in the Poconos region and I hope they can rebound soon! This season was the least amount of gobbling, turkey sign and turkey numbers I've seen yet! I even placed a call with our turkey biologist Mary Jo expressing my concerns as many other hunters are about continuously decreasing turkey population in and around pocono region
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Turkey numbers are way down this year and have been on a steady decline the last 10 years in the Pocono region. I've commented many times on this subject in previous posts if you want to go back and look through them. But in a nutshell yes turkeys are in big trouble in the Poconos region and I hope they can rebound soon! This season was the least amount of gobbling, turkey sign and turkey numbers I've seen yet! I even placed a call with our turkey biologist Mary Jo expressing my concerns as many other hunters are about continuously decreasing turkey population in and around pocono region

Your observations echo the guys I've talked to. The one guy I talked to last night has been hunting turkeys since the first spring season and is heavily involved in everything turkey hunting. He knows the Poconos like the back of his hand and hunted every day of the season. He thinks they're nearly gone. He also called Mary Jo to voice his concerns.

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These recent wet springs have done damage to turkey and grouse, no doubt, but they were noticeably declining way before that.
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Turkey numbers are way down this year and have been on a steady decline the last 10 years in the Pocono region. I've commented many times on this subject in previous posts if you want to go back and look through them. But in a nutshell yes turkeys are in big trouble in the Poconos region and I hope they can rebound soon! This season was the least amount of gobbling, turkey sign and turkey numbers I've seen yet! I even placed a call with our turkey biologist Mary Jo expressing my concerns as many other hunters are about continuously decreasing turkey population in and around pocono region

Your observations echo the guys I've talked to. The one guy I talked to last night has been hunting turkeys since the first spring season and is heavily involved in everything turkey hunting. He knows the Poconos like the back of his hand and hunted every day of the season. He thinks they're nearly gone. He also called Mary Jo to voice his concerns.
I've also grown up and lived and hunted in the Poconos my whole life. I've been turkey hunting some of the same pieces of woods for 40 years! I take a week's vacation every spring turkey season and spend every possible moment I can spring turkey hunting! I trap, mushroom hunt, archery etc etc. So I am in the woods all year around poconos and the Turkey numbers are way down!! I wish they would close The Fall season for a few years or really shorten the season or have a gobbler only fall hunt like Florida does! With all the obstacles up against the turkeys we need to help them where we can! Especially that it seems like wet springs are going to be the norm anymore!! I already find myself telling my son stories of the how great the turkey hunting used to be!!! I remember the mornings were there was so many turkeys gobbling you didn't know which way to go or which one to setup on!!! In the poconos expect for maybe a few private spots and housing developments those days are gone!
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I really think that shutting down the fall season (in some areas) might be something to think about. And I say that as someone who loves the fall season almost as much as the spring.

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For those interested, Steven Rinella had a woman from the NWTF on his podcast... I think episode 173, but look and you’ll find it.

She was very informative and addressed this issue with some research and detail.
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Even when you find 'em; they go quiet.

Second Friday this spring, had one gobbling behind the cabin.

Well before first light I'm standing in front of the camp as he shock gobbles to the few cars and trucks on the blacktop all hitting that one hard bump...

Walked out back a bit. stuck my decoy in the ground and retreated to a nice tree with a good view and listened to him gobble for a good 40 min thinking they have to be down now...

One call, just one call and the woods gets totally quiet like his harem gagged him and drug him off...

only bird I heard all season.

I remember hearing birds, near and far, every morning. Now maybe that far off noise was one....not so sure.

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These recent wet springs have done damage to turkey and grouse, no doubt, but they were noticeably declining way before that.
Spot on, Pa just had 2 of the wettest springs on record.

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