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Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14031178 08/06/19
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Had a 12" snow in late May. Wondering if that killed off the local little ones. So far have not seen my first baby turkey of the year here. Seems odd.

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Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14046726 08/13/19
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Been seeing a pair of hens fairly often, one has 3 poults, the other 2. Occasionally see two or three others with none.

Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14057617 08/17/19
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Piedmont of South Carolina here. Have seen as many hens and poults this summer as i’ve Ever seen. Fingers crossed the population is on the rebound. Last spring was good after a couple of down years.

Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14062432 08/19/19
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Here in Indiana, I saw 2 hens with 12-15 little ones in tow. We have had a wash-out spring this year, but it doesn't seemed to have affected them very much.


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Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14066486 08/21/19
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JamesJr,
I’m a little North of you, but I think we came out a little better concerning the hatch. We’ve been working on food plots here for about two weeks so I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods and field edges lately. I have seen several hens with poults of all different sizes and many turkeys in general. They may be making a comeback here after a few down years.


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Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: lastround] #14066825 08/21/19
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Originally Posted by lastround
JamesJr,
I’m a little North of you, but I think we came out a little better concerning the hatch. We’ve been working on food plots here for about two weeks so I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods and field edges lately. I have seen several hens with poults of all different sizes and many turkeys in general. They may be making a comeback here after a few down years.


Saw my first little ones of the year today. They were about half grown, and not close to home. I still haven't seen any here at home, although most of the farm is in corn and beans, and I couldn't see them anyway. I'm hoping it's just a case of me not seeing any, rather than there not being any, although I have had turkeys on trail cam, hens and gobblers, but no little ones.

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Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14093198 09/01/19
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I was out yesterday evening here in Northern VA and saw more little birds than I have seen here in some time. I didn't see any last year. There were 3 that looked really small. I'd say no more than 6"s or so tall. But the other batch at least 4 were already trying to fly.

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Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14095162 09/02/19
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2 hens with about 9 poults in the field across from my place in NE Wisconsin yesterday. Also saw an adolescent bald eagle too, poults better watch out!


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Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14100175 09/04/19
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I am going to have to retract my last statement, I am seeing turkey's everywhere. I think it was a late hatch or something because they are showing up in several places.
I am happy about that for sure.


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Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14103286 09/05/19
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Lots of large clutches of chicks around here in western South Dakota. The young ones are already big and I'm also seeing lots of beard dragging gobblers. We have a good grasshopper hatch with our continuing rains and I believe that is why we have such a healthy population.


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Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14107061 09/07/19
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I finally got to see some of this year's hatch on the property.

Last night, I went down to open the gate to the back 200 and I startled a whole herd of them. They were close enough to the house that I was able to go back to the security camera and see them in detail.

There were a total of 12. 2 were hens. The rest were evenly split between poults and whatever you call them after they get their first set of normal feathers-- the 2/3ths scale turkeys. So I guess what happened was one brood came through in the normal way, getting laid in April/May, and the others hatched late.

This is better than I'd expected. Last year, I saw one very late brood. I've been seeing mostly late broods as I've been out driving.


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Re: Another Bad Hatch? [Re: JamesJr] #14108033 09/07/19
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in the last 2 weekends I have see more turkeys on our lease than the last 5 years . to much rain in spring and summer. the hens I saw had more chicks with them than I have seen I years . we have not hunted them in a long time

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