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2013 General Turkey Hunt Review

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I spent TONZ of time in the bush this season. We found a couple birds but they were in Urban non hunting areas. Where should we go next year. We went to Middle canyon, Oak City, Hobble Creek, Payson, Spanish Fork. Maybe go south? I think that I should have come across alot more birds for the amount of time I spent out there. The link below is some footage of my time out there.
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Your calling does need a little work but in all reality it probably would have been ok IF you did EVERYTHING else right AND you had a hot bird. Calling turkeys in, no matter what time of year it is, can be a difficult proposition. I guess that I actually call in maybe 30% of the birds I kill...things have to be just right. Also, hunting turkeys with a couple of boys tagging along (not that you'd have it any other way) can be almost impossible. Just keep it up, try to slow down a little and your bird will come. Good luck
I saw way more turkeys this year than last year. so not much of an issue here.
Less tags = more turkeys in the future doesn't it? So whats the problem with less general tags sold?
First off, less tags this year actually means nothing about next years bird count. Turkeys, like all upland game birds, can have wide swings in numbers due to winter and spring weather conditions. Hunting and tag sales has very little or nothing to do with it. Populations change on a yearly basis.

Now, the reason less tags are being sold following the introduction of an over the counter (general season) is that many new hunters give up turkey hunting after "giving it a try". The reasons for these hunters to stop hunting turkeys is many...difficulty in filling tags, don't enjoy that style of hunting, etc.

Goofy Elk is always trying to find some reason to stop general hunts and have all hunts limited entry. He has some strange idea that he can use the falling tag sales as a tool to further his LE...code for limited opportunity... agenda with the DWS people. The Goofy Elks of this world are one of the reasons we are in the wildlife/hunting mess we are in today.
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