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Young County Turkey? #9039463 04/27/24 10:07 PM
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How is the season going?

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Been decent. Lots of gobbling jakes this year

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I spoke with the TPWD biologist about this phenomena. We were seeing large jakes (calling them "megajakes") that were gobbling like mature birds, running in groups of 2-5 and also weigh in at around 16-18 lbs. Small spurs, 4-5" beards, fans not fully filled out. There are also gangly teenager-looking true jakes with stubby beards, so it was a little confusing. Jason at TPWD said there was an early hatch, so we are seeing a double year class of birds, the first hatch being substantially larger. I won't say a few haven't died this year. They cook up really nice.


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Originally Posted by Jesse Griffiths
I spoke with the TPWD biologist about this phenomena. We were seeing large jakes (calling them "megajakes") that were gobbling like mature birds, running in groups of 2-5 and also weigh in at around 16-18 lbs. Small spurs, 4-5" beards, fans not fully filled out. There are also gangly teenager-looking true jakes with stubby beards, so it was a little confusing. Jason at TPWD said there was an early hatch, so we are seeing a double year class of birds, the first hatch being substantially larger. I won't say a few haven't died this year. They cook up really nice.


Thats what we've been seeing, and yes a few have talked like a man and were treated like a man.

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I have not seen or heard a Turkey on our sw young county lease all season. No tracks seen. No pictures at feeders since Feb or March.. In over 20 years on this lease I have never seen it this way. I see they are killing them north of us. What sucks is I passed on them often during deer season to save tags for the spring.

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We're having an anomaly at our ranch these past two years. When my wife and I bought our ranch ten years ago, we never saw or heard turkeys. The game biologist said I was about a mile too far off the river to hold them. Though each spring we would have two to three nesting hens, always in the same areas. Last year I was finally hearing gobblers and took my my first spring gobbler. We have never seen turkeys in the fall. This spring, we have hens and gobblers everywhere it seems. They are on all of my game cameras day in and day out. I have no idea what changed or why they're sticking around. Mind you, I'm not complaining. I'm hoping this is a sign of things to come. It is nice hearing them every morning.

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Our Spring season ended without hearing or seeing a bird. Never saw a single Turkey track on our place. For 20 years we have always had great Spring seasons until this one. This is the first season we ever had them just vanish. We had lots of Turkeys during the Fall season as we always do, so this Spring was just bizarre.

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Originally Posted by Sniper John
Our Spring season ended without hearing or seeing a bird. Never saw a single Turkey track on our place. For 20 years we have always had great Spring seasons until this one. This is the first season we ever had them just vanish. We had lots of Turkeys during the Fall season as we always do, so this Spring was just bizarre.


Wow, sorry to hear. I was also able to hunt a friends place between Olney and New Castle. We had many many gobblers and jakes. This was the first time I've ever seen a full strut full tail fanned jake(s). I killed one by accident in the tall grass. I couldn't see his beard, he came out of strut and I let him have it. I was bummed when I got up to him and saw his 3"beard and nubs for spears. Still tasted great! Hopefully next year rebounds for you.

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Originally Posted by Sniper John
Our Spring season ended without hearing or seeing a bird. Never saw a single Turkey track on our place. For 20 years we have always had great Spring seasons until this one. This is the first season we ever had them just vanish. We had lots of Turkeys during the Fall season as we always do, so this Spring was just bizarre.


Wow, sorry to hear. I was also able to hunt a friends place between Olney and New Castle. We had many many gobblers and jakes. This was the first time I've ever seen a full strut full tail fanned jake(s). I killed one by accident in the tall grass. I couldn't see his beard, he came out of strut and I let him have it. I was bummed when I got up to him and saw his 3"beard and nubs for spears. Still tasted great! Hopefully next year rebounds for you.


And we are only 20 miles south of Newcastle. confused2

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