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2012/03/12 12:38:41 (permalink)

Gonna be thick

Here in Sw Pa for the turkey opener. With seven weeks to go, we have buds popping, daffadils and tulips in bloom, grass getting green and no cool down in sight.
 
Yuk!! 

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/12 13:57:55 (permalink)
    Wait till you get a load of the ticks this year. Double Yuk!!
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/12 14:06:46 (permalink)
    Had a tick on me Thursday and pulled one off the dogs today.

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/12 15:15:58 (permalink)
    Same thing in the NW, I can see it now, apple trees in full bloom and "boom" some hard frosts. What few turks are around are gobbling.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/12 15:38:24 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: S-10
     What few turks are around are gobbling.

     
    Going crazy down here with the recent warm weather. The birds are pretty much in their spring patterns from what I have seen. 
     
     

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/12 15:39:58 (permalink)
    On the same topic, I have some spots that I really like in the early season but I am not sure they will be huntable this year if the weather pattern holds.
     
    Double yuk.

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/12 15:49:19 (permalink)
    Getting a nice warm rain right now, that should start the greenup. At least I don't have to shovel it as in past March's.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/12 20:12:25 (permalink)
    Although weather will have some slight influence on the turkey breeding it is mostly influenced by the amount of daylight so it is unlikely that we will have turkeys being bred much earlier than when it happens any other year.
     
    I hear turkeys gobbling like crazy during the early mornings in February every year that we are out sitting in turkey blinds while trapping. That happens even when it is sub-zero with heavy snow cover. Lots of gobbling and even breeding right now is nothing unusual.
     
    As for the spring green up, that is always a bit of a concern when you get an early spring but it is my experience that there is never more than about a two week variance on when the trees bud out regardless of the weather patterns. I suspect the schedule for trees budding and blossoming is also a combination of both the weather and the day length.
     
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/12 20:41:08 (permalink)
    Got some forsythia that bloomed today in the neighbors yard. Really early here.
     
     

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/13 03:02:10 (permalink)
    My opinion,should be an easy year.The turkeys should not be hened up.A lot of giants will be killed without the hen party.Slip in within 75 yards or less if you dare from roost tree,wait till 5 minutes of fly down,a couple of soft tree yelps,fly down cackle,my wing to the leg,shout up. If any more calling a few clucks and soft feeding purrs.Mr.Bigs will find you,they only breed a few months of the year and he's not going to pass up another chase.I've seen giants still strutting with hens the third week of June. I've killed more giants in late season than anytime,less comp from hunters and hens.The turkeys are in great shape from the mild winter,a lot of 10 inchers this year.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/13 20:29:47 (permalink)
    Went fishing today,but the REEL show was the turkeys.They pounded till 2:00 pm when I left,had to hear at least 10-12 different gobblers.(no jake party)Wish fishing was better but caught a decent amout of big gills and release a 17 inch bass.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/15 08:19:42 (permalink)
    I took my wife to the Pitt.airport a 5:00 am today and hit some back road and hooted my way home. First stop 5:45 was really dark but they went nuts,hit two more roost spots and got the same results,heard about 10 -12 birds at the 3 spots.If funny I've been hunting turkeys for 22 years in Beaver Co./Allgheny and the roost spot NEVER CHANGE. I hunted turkeys around Hillman Game land that have very few roost trees,but the few there have turkey dropping 2 foot high under them.I guess it's that way everwhere.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/15 19:31:34 (permalink)
    Sawyers, sawyers, sawyers.  That stuff's worth it's weight in gold if you dont want to deal with ticks. 
     
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/15 22:19:32 (permalink)
    Permethrin is the answer to ticks. This is the active ingredient in Advantix. I bought a bottle of concentrate at a local feed store for $8. It will make 30 gallons. Just don't spray on your body. It is to be sprayed on clothing and allow to dry. Advertised to last 6 washes. (As often as I wash my turkey hunting clothes it should last 6 years). Keep your cat away until it is dry.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/16 07:34:48 (permalink)
    Calling for highs in the seventies for the next 7 days here.
     
    I would venture I guess that I will be mowing grass by the end of next week.  The Honeysuckle, which is thick around here, has got good green up already. 

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/16 10:38:45 (permalink)
    I would say we are a good three weeks ahead of schedule weatherwise here. I may have to visit my relation near Pittsburgh for spring gobbler. Out on snow or listening for a month and 2 birds located so far. Still places to check but 3 yeas ago I had 27 located by April 1.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/16 14:52:48 (permalink)
    Don't know what's going on your way S-10. But I've been seeing tons in nothern Butler & Southern mercer counties the past couple weeks. pretty much any time of day as well.

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/16 15:03:25 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: spoonchucker

    Don't know what's going on your way S-10. But I've been seeing tons in nothern Butler & Southern mercer counties the past couple weeks. pretty much any time of day as well.

     
    He doesn't mean in the frozen foods section of the local grocery store.

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/16 16:20:08 (permalink)
    Between two bad springs in the last four and a Fisher on every hillside poking his nose into everything the turkey population has gone downhill fast in this area. It took me nearly all season to get a pair last year and a lot of the locals went without.
    I have a lot more places to look but most of the grocery stores are still closed when I am out. I fed 72 four years ago and none this year but that's partly because of the mild winter. My southern relation say the same as you
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/17 08:24:37 (permalink)
    You just need to have more fishers stocked in your area.  It works the same way as deer -- kill more to have more.
     
    Or something like that.

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/17 20:14:20 (permalink)
    kill more to have more.


    If only that were true, just think of how many passenger pigons and buffalo we would have today.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/18 00:26:10 (permalink)
    Whatever it takes DarDy Either way, for most of my life till the not too distant past Turkey sightings were a remarkable event around these parts. Now they are common place, and moreso each year in the last decade, or so.

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/19 07:55:41 (permalink)
    Well. Its official. This is the earliest by far, I have ever cut my grass. March 18th. Back yard was getting on the high side.

    Supposedly seventies most of the week here.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/19 08:25:12 (permalink)
    ^Did you see any turkeys while mowing the grass?

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/19 09:16:47 (permalink)
    None.  Gonna hit the woods this coming Saturday to try to locate some birds for our upcoming summer turkey season. 

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/19 09:37:53 (permalink)
    I usually cut my yard once before gobbler season. I'am going to have to start turkey hunting the first of April for that to be the case this year. Walked back into a SGL this morning. Heard nothing, saw no sign, but did bump a gobbler out of the roost. Saw two deer and where something had killed one.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/19 10:23:25 (permalink)
    At this point. Some of my more productive spots are gonna be off the list. Just won't be enough visibility for me to feel comfortable hunting there.

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/23 16:38:08 (permalink)
    Took a early 6:15 till 8:30 run,sick turkeys everywhere saw 25 plus longbeards and about 12 jakes or so. One place two giants with 43 hens,yes 43 I counted them twice.Another spot had 9 giants and 4 jakes strutting to three hens(I like my chances better here),another 4 giants 3 jakes,three hens.All toms had hens with them.I saw birds where I've never seen them,I thing I didn't see was a deer,not even one.
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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/23 20:33:14 (permalink)
    At work this morning down in the ANF the birds firing all morning.
    Didn't think there were that many Gobblers down in the big woods.

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    RE: Gonna be thick 2012/03/23 20:34:12 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: bingsbaits

    At work this morning down in the ANF the birds firing all morning.
    Didn't think there were that many Gobblers down in the big woods.



    You work?



    I thought all you did was fish

     



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