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#5589168 - 02/08/15 01:34 PM TPW thinking of closing Turkey season
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In parts of East Tx. for 2015. In the Dallas paper today.


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#5589208 - 02/08/15 02:15 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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Here is Houston story.



Spring turkey hunting season in doubt in many counties

By Shannon Tompkins | February 7, 2015 | Updated: February 7, 2015 8:14pm
http://www.chron.com/sports/outdoors/art...any-6068987.php
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#5590005 - 02/08/15 10:00 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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Hate to see season closed. They have sure tried hard with transplants over the years.
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#5591159 - 02/09/15 04:15 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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Looking at the country in East Texas, one would think the birds would do well. From the stockings that doesn't seem to be the case, don't know if it is poaching or something else. I do know turkey populations can sure fluctuate a lot even in good range.

Some mold that develops on corn can kill turkeys, one large place in Mississippi that illegally was pouring out piles of corn for deer, pretty much killed off their turkey population. Corn from feeders that scatters out the corn doesn't seem to cause the same issue.

Sure wish those birds could take off and do well though. Until then and after that as well, I will just continue hunting the Eastern Turkeys in Mississippi.
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#5591197 - 02/09/15 04:39 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Looking at the country in East Texas, one would think the birds would do well. From the stockings that doesn't seem to be the case, don't know if it is poaching or something else. I do know turkey populations can sure fluctuate a lot even in good range.

Some mold that develops on corn can kill turkeys, one large place in Mississippi that illegally was pouring out piles of corn for deer, pretty much killed off their turkey population. Corn from feeders that scatters out the corn doesn't seem to cause the same issue.

Sure wish those birds could take off and do well though. Until then and after that as well, I will just continue hunting the Eastern Turkeys in Mississippi.


I have a place out near Athens and over the years we have seen some Turkey, but they don't seem to last long. Talking to the locals and the biologist, the reasons they usually give are fire ants and predators. Sure seems like they would do well, but the push for the introduction of the turkey in our area has pretty much died off due to failed efforts.
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#5591359 - 02/09/15 06:35 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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Some mold that develops on corn can kill turkeys, one large place in Mississippi that illegally was pouring out piles of corn for deer, pretty much killed off their turkey population. Corn from feeders that scatters out the corn doesn't seem to cause the same issue.

Its' aflatoxin and it slowly kill them by destroying their liver when PPB get high. Feeders corn can contribute to the aflatoxin problem when there is poor ventilation, heat exposure, and you condensation from Humidity and corn decomposing found in barrel feeders.



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High-level aflatoxin exposure produces an acute hepatic necrosis, resulting later in cirrhosis, or carcinoma of the liver. Acute liver failure is made manifest by bleeding, edema, alteration in digestion, changes to the absorption and/or metabolism of nutrients, and mental changes and/or coma.[citation needed]

No animal species is immune to the acute toxic effects of aflatoxins; however, adult humans have a high tolerance for aflatoxin exposure and rarely succumb to acute aflatoxicosis.[14]
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Here is another article on The season.
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State officials fine-tune approach to returning eastern turkeys to East Texas
http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/more-sp...-east-texas.ece
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#5591464 - 02/09/15 07:35 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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I haven't seen a turkey in a couple of years on my place. Quail are more common.
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#5591840 - 02/09/15 10:33 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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Man, sorry to hear that!!

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#5591842 - 02/09/15 10:33 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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Man, sorry to hear that!!

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#5592637 - 02/10/15 01:18 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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Some counties probably need to be closed until the super stocking efforts take hold. Only issue I foresee is the few remaining public spots that do have a turkey season will end over crowded with hunters come season...
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#5595683 - 02/12/15 08:38 AM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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I do not know of any being killed or any one hunting or poaching, or running over ect a turkey in Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Red River, Morris, Bowie, or Cass County. Ive seen one about 10 years ago in Cass County. A hen in the road on my lease before daylight. She trotted in front of me for probably 30 yds before exiting in to the woods.
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#5596010 - 02/12/15 12:13 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: Big Daddy K]
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Originally Posted By: Big Daddy K
I do not know of any being killed or any one hunting or poaching, or running over ect a turkey in Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Red River, Morris, Bowie, or Cass County. Ive seen one about 10 years ago in Cass County. A hen in the road on my lease before daylight. She trotted in front of me for probably 30 yds before exiting in to the woods.


Red River is supposed to be one of the best counties in northeast TX. I hear of quite a few birds coming out of that county each year..
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#5596099 - 02/12/15 12:50 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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I had a good population of Easterns on mine and the neighboring place in Red River county several years ago. Predation and logging have reduced the numbers some, but from what I seen in June, we had a good hatch. That's 2 year in a row for decent hatches. Hope to see a few more 2 year olds running around this year. I was down that way last weekend, but did not hear any gobbling, but its still early.


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#5596110 - 02/12/15 12:55 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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Bobcats love turkeys and there are plenty of bobcats in east TX.. I am sure coyotes get them too but coyotes do not have the turkey killing skills of a bobcat. We had a bobcat in Gillespie county that used our bowhunting platform as a launch pad.

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#5596614 - 02/12/15 05:58 PM Re: TPW thinking of closing Turkey season [Re: White Falcon]
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All true but we must have something that places like Mississippi doesn't have to keep Easterns from being successful in NE Texas.
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