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Alabama Turkey Hunting Forecast for 2014

by John E. Phillips   |  March 11th, 2014 0
Gobbler, Turkey, Turkey Hunting, Hunting Turkey, Alabama Turkey Hunting

11 years old Tucker Jones killed this 17 pound turkey with 9.5 beard and 3/4 inch spurs while hunting in Perry County Alabama.

Through the darkness and the cool crisp air, I can hear a brown thrasher searching for breakfast on the forest floor. A chorus of redbirds greets the new day with chirping as they fly through barely lit woods. Off in the distance, I hear the sound that has caused me to get up before daylight and hike through the darkness to listen for the first love songs of the wild turkey. Like the sirens of Greek mythology, the tom’s gobble lures many Alabama sportsmen out from under their covers.

This year promises plenty of 2-year-old gobblers to hunt in the Cotton State, but an unusually low number of jakes. That’s according to Steve Barnett, District V wildlife supervisor and the wild turkey project leader for Alabama’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. He also provided other information about the Alabama’s turkey flock and the best places to hunt on Alabama’s public lands.

“I think the overall condition of wild turkeys statewide is good,” Barnett reports. “We have had unusual weather patterns this past spring and summer. Spring came late in 2013, and we saw a lack of gobbling, even in areas that held a lot of turkeys. Based on anecdotal information we received this year and preliminary reports from my brood survey, we believe turkeys nested later than normal in the spring. Too, the state experienced significant rain events that might have negatively impacted nesting, brood rearing and the survival of young poults.”

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