2022 spring turkey

kansasdad

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kansasson drove down from Kansas City to make a last gasp chance at getting a Kansas turkey. We hung out with the landowners when the two thunderstorm cells came over.

After the rains swept thru we saw two toms feeding and drying off in the ag field across the road. No dice on dragging them onto our side of the road.
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Walking down the hill we saw a doe in the tree line. Walking over to where she had been standing, we found a very young fawn laying low in the wet tall grass.

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We never heard a hen or gobbler, only saw the two distant toms but had a wonderful time hanging out together. We got to enjoy the deer activity, and …….icing on the cake, I nearly stepped on a quail on the way back to our cars. Three plus hours later and I think my heart rate has resumed its regular rate and rhythm.
 

fleabagmatt

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We spent the long weekend up in the northern part of the state at my in-laws. I managed to get up into the woods on Sunday for one last ditch effort to find a bird. Well, it wasn't too serious an outing but rather a nice walk with my wife and the pup making some calls with the hope of getting a response. Didn't see or hear anything, but saw some signs on the old roads and meadows we checked out. Of course, leaving for home yesterday we saw a couple toms in a hay field next to the road. I'm pretty sure they were pointing and laughing at us as we drove by.

Two more unfilled tags for me, hopefully I can figure it out in the fall. I learn something every time I get out, so all the miles travelled have not been in vain. Now I get to focus on getting the pup ready for her NAVHDA NA test this summer.
 

Gellar

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Cover crops here are very short - maybe 10" if that, and pretty thin. I doubt much nests in there. I don't know what the plants are. At least some of the common ones look like mustards of some sort.
I think they just use rye around here. The turkeys usually haven’t started nesting when they are working those fields. This year was different though.
 

mdcrossbow

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I think they just use rye around here. The turkeys usually haven’t started nesting when they are working those fields. This year was different though.
The hens are nesting all I'm getting on the camera are toms and one lonely bearded hen. She like hanging out with this doe.
 

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Gellar

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I listened to an Iowa Dnr bio yesterday. In SE Iowa they trapped and collared 64 mature hens this spring. Only 29 of them even tried to nest. Of the 29 that nested 25 were predated. Of the 4 nests that are left 1 is in a bay field that will be mowed shortly, possibly this week.

I heard two gobbles on my walk Saturday morning and saw 2 Tom’s strutting in a field yesterday. Hopefully they are successful at renesting.
 

Chad Gus

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My post season population count in my neighborhood: 15/20 adult toms, similar number of jakes and 75 or so hens. What i consider my neighborhood is approximately 3 × 3 mile area.
Still no poult sightings for the year, this is normally the time i start to see my first ones. I've seen freshly hatched poults in late july early August around here the last few years.
Still had toms gobbling and strutting, with hens last weekend by my house.
 

mdcrossbow

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I haven't seen any Poults yet Hopefully there on there nest and should be seeing some soon.
 

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