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poor turkey hunting in tensas national wildlife refuge

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SPENT 5 days in tensas opening week of season with brother and friends hunting tensas and biglake . worse opening week hunted five days in different places and none of us heard a bird gobble at all . hogs have gotten out of hand in the reserve and saw only a few hens in the road, talked to warden and he said the hogs where the problem and that they had killed numerous hogs and told us to shoot them if we saw them. well I don't know about you but iam not going to shot a hog with birdshot lol. their solution was to cut the season and bag limit or go to a lottery hunt, ive hunted tensas over 30 years and in just the last few years ive seen a drastic decline in the turkey population, I think they should open a hog season in tensas and restock turkeys but that seems to never have crossed their minds . as much time and money we as sportsman spend each year you think we would have more of a season not less, EVERY year there seems to be a new license sportsman have to buy just to hunt state and federal reserves why isn't that money used to restock reserves decimated by hogs . thanks for your time

disgusted turkey hunter
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The hogs are ruining the turkey hunting everywhere. They really need to come up with something fast
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Wifey and I got selected for Sherburne WMA Wild Turkey lottery hunt this week end and I seriously doubt we hear or see a single turkey and one of the biggest factors decimating the once-thriving Sherburne turkey population has been serious flooding,not sure of the years but definitely high water killed plenty of birds where they once were prevalent.We are taking sac a lait and bass gear as we hope fishing Little Alabama Bayou gonna be productive.Wish the LAWLF would re-stock the turkeys there as the habitat should support a nice population of birds.Over ten years ago I killed a banded jake on Lottery Hunt and that year there were at least 8-10 turkeys killed.

Mandevillian
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Sherburne flooded in 2011 and there has been no Turkey season to speak of since, except for limited lottery hunts, that's plenty of time for the birds to make some sort of comeback. Since 2011 the hogs have taken over.
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Thanks for the great story idea! We'll try to get a story on this in the June issue of the Louisiana Sportsman.
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Awesome, that might do something to get the ball rolling on some type of comeback
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exactly coondog this problem needs to be addressed very soon we as sportsman pay taxes on everything we buy in the pursuit of our chosen sport and buy licenses for those sports which seem to keep going up and new ones added . But with all these taxes and extra license we have to buy our seasons are either cut in half as in most state and federal reserves or they go to a lottery only hunt. turkey hunting is a fantastic and addictive sport and it really bothers me that more isn't being done to preserve this sport in our reserves.
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You are right Turkeyhunter. I use to love turkey hunting in Shurburne., it use to be loaded with turkey before the flood. I got drew for the lottery there last year and didn\'t even go. Went and did some scouting in the areas I use to hunt and didn\'t see any scratchings, a track, or nothing, just a bunch of tilled up ground from the hogs.
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I agree the hogs are a problem but I also believe its way more than just hogs. Coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons take a huge toll on the turkey population. For example in Texas where I turkey hunt the Hogs are everywhere! I?ll see sometimes 20-30 hogs a day on some of the ranches I hunt but the turkey population is still very strong and growing. In Texas the ranchers focus on all predators. I help run snares and traps to help eliminate as many coyotes and bobcats as possible when I?m there. I just wish I could trap predators year round in Louisiana. I also wish one of the LWF turkey biologist would chime in on this thread! I really would like to hear their opinion.
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Think Sherburne WMA was one of the WMA's where they shot hogs from helicopters not that many seasons ago.My son actually raises pigs and just this past Sunday had to slaughter big male pig that had suddenly become way too aggressive and territorial and he about charged me aboard my lil Kubota diesel tractor but guess he decided he was no match for my fairly heavy older Kubota!!Think we ended up getting close to 400 lbs of meat from this boar and he was barely 2-3 years old and not a feral hog,can't imagine running into feral hog this size and only being armed with Turkey Shot!!!Sherburne a shell of what she used to be and have been thankful to fellow who showed me a few spots to try many,many years back and Wifey and I not that optimistic about either seeing or even hearing gobbler just like the scenery and hope fishing aint too shabby!!!

Mandevillian
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