He shot 2 or they shot 2?
I hope he meant they ...It's good to finally start seeing decent numbers of easterns and I hope we can keep it that way.
According to my buddy Albert who was a game warden for 25-30 years it was stuff like shooting multiple birds in a season, shooting out of season, and shooting off the roost that knocked a lot of those numbers down rather than predators in early years when first trying to get them established. He worked on a heck of a lot of cases dealing with stuff like that in east TX.
I can remember one case years ago (Don't think it was ETX) where a guy was busted and they found where he had shot 16 gobblers in one season...When asked why he did it all he could say was "the rush" and that he was addicted. I would've been kicking his butt all that way to the back woods of Willacoochie! Guys protect our resources...