Your estimation of peak breeding is way off. In your neck of the woods, peak breeding will be much earlier than that, probably more like late March and early April. Oh ya, a tom can't breed if he's dead.In SW Arkansas, gobbling will be about done by the time hunting season opens - just like last year. Last year, I heard 16 different gobblers before season opened, and 3 after season opened. After season opened, I never heard a bird after sunrise. I am convinced, that at least in SW AR, hunters are in the woods stirring up the hens and interrupting the breeding when it is at its peak - mid to late April. I would like to see season open mid March - mid-April, and get the hunters out of the woods when the turkeys are at their breeding, laying, and setting best. Besides that, it would give us legal hunters even footing with those that start the season early.
I think the only thing that really helped the South Arkansas hunting last year (at least in other areas because the hunting still sucked on the two leases I'm in) was the cooler than usual spring that we had.
Last year it was pretty chilly during the youth hunt and even fairly cool on opening weekend. Then we didn't really have that many sure enough hot days till late in the season.
When temps are nearing 90 during the middle of April like they have in some years past, the hunting has seemed to cool off respectively. Of course this is based mainly on my own experiences.
I'd go along with that MtnMan. I am hearing alot gobble right now. One of my buddies just pulled off the to the side of the road today north of Mena and started calling. Within 5 minutes he had a bird strutting 75 yds from his truck.Lonnie,
I think we'll be fine up here. That snow, hail, and rain we got should push 'em back to where things should be just right. I do feel for the South AR bunch. If I lived down there, i would make it a point to hunt gobbling birds with my bow in Feburary to make up for the slowdown come mid April.