Poults!

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting' started by Punkinseed, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. Juice

    Juice Well-Known Member

    Saw a flock of 6-7 hens this am, too far to spot any poults.
    Saw another lone hen and when I got close a single poult got up to fly. Didn’t see any others, but couldn’t stop to check, running late.
     
  2. Punkinseed

    Punkinseed Well-Known Member

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    Saw at least 15 today!
    One thing i find kinda strange is every bunch ive seen this year has 2 hens
     
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  3. mikebri

    mikebri Well-Known Member

    We saw 2 different bunches Saturday. 2 hens and 3 poults in first and 2 hens and 7 in another.
     
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  4. MO HUNTER

    MO HUNTER Well-Known Member

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    2 moms... seems on par for the world we are living in.
     
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  5. spur

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    Been working hard on this property the last 3 years. Saw a hen with 6 poults all chicken sized and a hen with a wad of poults all quail size. It was a good day.
     
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  6. juleo

    juleo Well-Known Member

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    I have three hens on camera without any little ones. Will a first year hen lay a clutch? Maybe that explains some of the poultless hens?
     
  7. spur

    spur Well-Known Member

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    A biologist once told me that there is a percentage of young hens that dont nest the first year. I dont recall the exact number but think it was around 25%.
     
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  8. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    That, and studies have shown in Arkansas, somewhere around 75% of the nests are destroyed by predation before they ever hatch.
     
  9. juleo

    juleo Well-Known Member

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    It’s a wonder any make it. Especially when you know how many predators you have removed over the last few months. Then get half a dozen coins on camera in one picture frame.
     
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  10. turkman

    turkman Well-Known Member

    Spur, can you go in a little detail on what you have been dong on your property to have all this success?
     
  11. spur

    spur Well-Known Member

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    I had about 60 acres of fescue. I poisoned as much as I could and let natural plants come back. Out of that 60 acres, 20 came back in native grass, I planted 10 acres of native, planted 10 acres of clover and have 4-5 acres i keep in millet, milo, sudan or wheat. and rotate the rest in bare dirt. Waged war on yotes, coons, cats and possums. Crow hunt as much as I can in the winter.
    Ive always felt getting rid of fescue is one of the best things that a person can do. Its too thick and makes it hard on little turkeys to get around and if predators get on them in a fescue field they can wipe out a whole clutch.
    I run 2 feeders during deer season and put them out in the open away from any cover. Ive seen coyotes, cats and hawks hang around them waiting on easy meals.
     
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  12. spur

    spur Well-Known Member

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    One other thing was I didn't want to shoot the only gobbler on the property so I called him in and passed 2 years ago. I had seen 3 during deer season so I was going to shoot this year but I wasn't willing to make the climb to get to where he was. Then they broadcasted some native grass and I didnt know they used cracked corn to help separate the seed so that ended my hunt there for the year.
     
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  14. Punkinseed

    Punkinseed Well-Known Member

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    Turkeys sure do love some fresh disced ground!
     
  15. spur

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    A biologist in MO encouraged that practice. Said it was a great place for the poults to walk and bug and that they could escape to cover quickly. He wanted them to have easy places for dusting but I never quite understood why.
     
  16. Punkinseed

    Punkinseed Well-Known Member

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    I have a 550 yard lane out my backdoor that runs through a young pine plantation. Anytime i disc it turkeys will be in it in within 2-24 hours.
     
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  17. tmeredith

    tmeredith Platinum Member Redneck Slum Lord

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    I just saw a half dozen turkeys in a group and 1 big strutter.
    Didn't see any little ones bit maybe theu are still nesting.
     
  18. Punkinseed

    Punkinseed Well-Known Member

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    Just saw 2 hens with 8 lil ones out my back door!
     
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  19. Punkinseed

    Punkinseed Well-Known Member

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    Seems odd that ive seen so many poults considering its rains 3 inches every other day.
    How far yall think a group of poults will travel? I figure not too far?