How many traps were you running on 1k acres?If every deer lease would pay .50/acre and hire a man to go in and trap it hard in march in a couple years you would start seeing a difference. In most places a good trapper could cover 2 or 3 leases depending on the size. Hell I just finished a 1000 acre job. Once set up I could run it in 45 minutes. I can see doing 10000 acres pretty easy with adjoining leases
They are using easterns - dont know where they are getting themInteresting. I could see where this makes sense, simply from a mathematical standpoint with more carryover. The problem these days is from what area do you rob Peter to pay Paul? Unless I guess from willing private landowners? Are they restocking East TX with Rios or Easterns? Most of East TX is similar in terrain and timber to SW AR.
Exactly...I think it would be very possible to have a hatchery system for turkeys.
I haven't found much on the specifics of early trials, only that they failed.
Everything I read reffered to "pen raised" birds.
I don't know what that means really.
The birds would need to be raised in an enclosure and not an actual pen.
You could build enclosures of 100 acres or so and raise true wild turkeys.
Stock one with trapped wild turkeys and plant natural food along with some supplemental feeding.
You could gather eggs from first clutch, hatch ,brood in pens and release half grown poults into another enclosure with natural food and supplemental feed to grow out.
You would have plenty of hens to brood their second or 3rd clutch on their own in the breeder enclosure as well.
In the fall you could gather the early pen raised poults and the hen raised poults and put them together in a 3rd enclosure planted with natural crops and food sources.
Release into the wild in late spring after turkey season.
I would bet something like that could work well.