With the season we have, I don't think overshooting them is a worry if the rest of the state is the same as here. There arn't as many hunters that focus on fall turkey like there once was. There was time when along towards the end of the season, flocks had undergone a bit of busting up and the hunt was interesting...now, I don't think some flocks even realize there is a season...LOL.John S said:Yes it was the work of the PGC along with the NWTF. Once the PGC made the decision to stop raising turkeya to stock and go with strictlu traop and transfer of wild birds from areas that had a good population the birds took off like wild fire. Many other states got trap and transfer birds from the PGC on a swap for other species have had their turkey populations increase dramatically. So long as we do not over shoot the birds, particularly hens and the managers keep a finger on the pulse of the populations we should continue to have a good population of turkey in PA.
Yep, its not all rosey. In my heavily rural and agricultural area of SE PA turkeys are few and far between. We have them but they are rare. Its been almost two years now since I've heard a gobble in the spring in my township in Northampton County. Haven't heard a bird in 5 predawn scouts this Spring either. If I don't hear one this week it will be over two years lol. I know they are here so I persist but there aren't many and the one that are here are dead quiet. All the while the habitat appears perfect for me. I blame the absence on amazing amounts of predators. I see for more hawks, owls, fox, and coyotes then I do game species around my house. It sure isn't hunting pressure to me. After the opener I rarely see another hunter.bootmud said:Not that many birds in some areas.