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Saw A Bird Today #7519344 05/24/19 07:52 PM
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Seeing a hen is no big deal to most, but whenever I see one in Cass Co. its pretty big. Area that has historically kept some birds.

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Used to be on a lease near Carterville, northeast of Hughes Springs in Cass County and the first few years I say several flocks with more than a dozen hens. As time went by they pretty much disappeared, don't know what happened to them.

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This was just east of Carterville. Should she have been on a nest now? I think decline of the fur market and introduction of heavy feeding of deer coincides with the disappearence of birds. Coon multiplier. Probably won't see a season open in my lifetime or what's left of it. Turkey and quail are like Sasquatch and unicorns here.

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Go west of 35 and Rio's everywhere along with deer and fur bearing critters. Hope you see more as they are rare over there.

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Originally Posted by pine knott
This was just east of Carterville. Should she have been on a nest now? I think decline of the fur market and introduction of heavy feeding of deer coincides with the disappearence of birds. Coon multiplier. Probably won't see a season open in my lifetime or what's left of it. Turkey and quail are like Sasquatch and unicorns here.



If your still alive you have seen a turkey season in Cass County. They had one this year!!!!!!!

https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/regs/counties/cass

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We saw one recently on the place I hunt two counties below you in Panola County. First Turkey ever seen on the property. Cass and Panola county do have open seasons. Excited to have seen one, but we have no plans to hunt them unless we start seeing good numbers of them on the place in the future.

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I'm in Harrison, just working in Cass. There may be a season in Cass , Panola, and Marion, but hardly ever hear of sucess.

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It's not only the fur market, but the fact that most landowners probably don't burn or thin their foresst in a lot of these areas is a major reason that people don't see birds. East Texas is a lot different than it was over 150 years ago when turkeys were plentiful. Burning and thinning to create open forest and brood habitat will always help the turkey population, and if they'e in an area that will generally navigate to those open well managed forest.

I've been hunting turkeys in deep east Texas for a good number of years and have taken several east Texas easterns including this year, and I can tell you is I've always found them in or near the recently burned areas. Those are the places I always see turkeys...seldom do I ever see them in areas where there is mostly thick dense woods that even I wouldn't want to walk through...every predator in the woods will ambush and eat as many birds as they can in the thick still, which is why they avoid it.

Originally Posted by pine knott
This was just east of Carterville. Should she have been on a nest now? I think decline of the fur market and introduction of heavy feeding of deer coincides with the disappearence of birds. Coon multiplier. Probably won't see a season open in my lifetime or what's left of it. Turkey and quail are like Sasquatch and unicorns here.


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