New Turkey bag limits for the upcoming season

New Turkey bag limits for the upcoming season

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    New Turkey bag limits for the upcoming season

    Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commissioners voted to reduce or alter wild turkey hunting bag limits in large areas of western Oklahoma during their regular June 17 meeting in Oklahoma City.

    Starting this fall, turkey gun hunters will be allowed to harvest one tom only in the 14 counties that previously permitted either-sex harvest. Archery hunters will still be allowed one turkey of either sex statewide in the fall.

    Next spring, all counties outside the Southeast Region will have a one tom limit. The spring turkey season limit remains unchanged at three toms. None of the changes made will affect existing regulations in the Southeast Region for turkey hunting, where the season limit is one tom turkey for all eight counties combined.

    Chief of Wildlife Bill Dinkines told Commissioners declining turkey numbers during the past two years, especially in southwestern Oklahoma, prompted the bag limit changes.

    Also during Wednesday’s meeting, Commissioners voted to immediately prohibit all recreational hunting of feral swine on four wildlife management areas: Kaw, Sandy Sanders, Hackberry Flat, and Waurika. The prohibition supports efforts of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in those areas. Officials said eradication efforts in those areas will be more effective without feral hog hunting.
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    That’s one thing I will the most about hunting OK is turkey. It’s a draw only system here and they are only found in the east/ northeast part of the state.
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    Turkey numbers are down in the SW part of the state. More than likely from the extended drought they went through.
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    We have seen more turkeys here the last 2 spring season than before. But it is the public land is the hardest to hunt because of all the pressure of over hunting.
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    Give it a year or two and they may bounce back. I wouldn’t count on it to be a forever numbers change.
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    Well that last paragraph on the hog hunting isn't great news.
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    Turkey numbers in North central and northwestern Oklahoma have been declining for almost a decade. Entire flocks are gone. It was needed years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okbob View Post
    Turkey numbers in North central and northwestern Oklahoma have been declining for almost a decade. Entire flocks are gone. It was needed years ago.
    We had flock of 50 or so in our yard every night 10-12 years ago. Down to small flocks of a half dozen or so now.
    The decline started at the same time a logging company came through our area and removed all the walnut, pecan and cotton wood trees that the turkey had been using for roost trees. It also coincided with the fur market collapsing so nobody was going after the nest robbers.
    Two fold problem IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennishoddy View Post
    We had flock of 50 or so in our yard every night 10-12 years ago. Down to small flocks of a half dozen or so now.
    The decline started at the same time a logging company came through our area and removed all the walnut, pecan and cotton wood trees that the turkey had been using for roost trees. It also coincided with the fur market collapsing so nobody was going after the nest robbers.
    Two fold problem IMHO.
    I believe you are absolutely right. Fires, drought and I have noticed that the last several summers the grasshopper numbers haven't been very high. So I think food is a factor as well.
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    I put a huge dent in our future turkey population cutting our brome fields last week. I knew the hens were nesting in those fields but what’s a guy to do. Ended up hitting 3 nests and 2 fawns! UUGGHHH!!!


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