From The Field: Late April

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With the calendar turning the page from April into May, several southern states are sadly watching their turkey seasons come to a close.  Meanwhile, Pennsylvania and New York are among the northern states that are just now opening up their spring turkey hunting campaign.  With Mother Nature sending our friend spring to visit us all a little earlier this year, mixed reviews on the spring turkey season have been coming in from around the country.  Here are a few of the ones we’ve received.

Billy Yargus
MAD Calls Pro-Staff
Ewing, Missouri 
“Our turkey season has been going very well here in north east Missouri. The turkeys seem to be working a little better as we get toward the end of our season.  A lot of the hens seem to be on the nest now, although I am still seeing several gobblers with hens.  We do seem to have more jakes this year compared to the past three or four years.  They have been ganging up and running some of the long beards off, making it tough at times. Also, some of the hunters have been seeing some poults already hatched out, which may be due to the unseasonably warm weather we've had this spring.”

Alex Rutledge
Bloodline TV
Birch Tree, Missouri 
“I have filmed and carried other people in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Missouri so far.  To this point, we have had seven kills and two misses.  Birds are really tough in southern Missouri in Shannon County right now.  I called in five different longbeards into the gun the last six days and not one of them has been killed; we had miss and four spooked birds!”

Josh Grossenbacher
Zink Calls Turkey Products Manager
Port Clinton, Ohio 
“We have hunted in Kentucky and Kansas over the past couple of weeks.  Kentucky is usually one of our strongest trips and it was very strange this year.  The birds were not really active, and there was not much gobbling.  It was just kind of dead.  Kansas was a little better, as the gobbling was pretty good throughout the day despite the very warm temperatures.  We encountered big groups of gobblers together; in one field we saw eight strutting longbeards with just a couple of hens.   There just has not been any consistency in the turkey behavior throughout our 2012 turkey tour.”

Jim Kuhn
Nebraska Trophy Bucks ‘N Birds
Grand Island, Nebraska 
“Things are going well in central Nebraska. We're currently at 100% success so far, and our season ends on May 31.  Lots of hens are off nesting, but we have a huge hen population, so we are still dealing with toms being henned up but have had great success using only a tail fan.  Hen decoys are working some on the two year olds, but the tail fan has been killing the old guys. The cooler temps are keeping the birds active and we are hearing lots of gobbling.  In our area we can spot the birds pretty easily, so we can get in their bubble and work them.”
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