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Georgia Forecasts Hunting Turkey

Georgia Turkey Hunting Forecast for 2014

by Eric Bruce   |  March 11th, 2014 0
Gobbler, Turkey, Turkey Hunting, Hunting Turkey, Georgia Turkey Hunting

Hunter Horton of Clyo, Georgia shot this trophy turkey on his second outing ever.

The spring Georgia turkey hunting season begins March 22 and 60,000 hunters will be out in the woodlands listening and looking for their spring gobbler. Some will be successful and others will go home empty-handed. Whether you score or not depends largely on your skill as a hunter and caller, and where you are hunting.

Last season, 60,936 hunters harvested 35,000 turkeys for a harvest rate of 58 percent. That translates to well over half of all turkey hunters taking home a tom. The overall harvest rate in 2012 was also 58 percent followed by 60 percent in in 2011, 72 percent in 2010, and 49 percent in 2009. That’s a five-year average of 59 percent. The statewide total harvest has also fluctuated in the last five years to a low of 26,516 toms in 2011 to the 35,000 killed in 2013. The average harvest for the last five years is 31,178.

The jake harvest — one-year-old males — has ranged from 6.7 to 13.8 percent. In 2013, there were an estimated 3,300 jakes or 9.4 percent of the harvest. Jakes are the future mature gobblers that most hunters are after. A high jake harvest means fewer trophy toms for the future.

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