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Turkeys, Deer, and Racoons

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I’ve been spending the last few weeks in the woods getting ready for Turkey season and checking on the deer herd. Bucks have started dropping their antlers the last few weeks. I am also hitting the racoon population hard to try and help the turkeys nesting within the next month or so. Racoons are horrible on the turkey nest. I wish every club and turkey hunter would get involved with trying to reduce the numbers of predators. I have seen and read that most southern states have seen a drastic decline in turkey populations over the last few years. I believe and have also read the main culprit is predators. I’m using the DP coon traps. They work great, very easy to set and use. I use marshmallows for bait as a racoon can not resist a big marshmallow. I hope you enjoy the trail-cam pics. The month of March will be spent doing habitat improvements by hinge cutting and hack and squirt to unwanted tress and along the edges of my food plots. I will post pictures later on how that project is going.
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Awesome pics of nice wildlife-took my game cam down guess coulda left it to monitor activity.Was hoping to get selected for Pearl River WMA Lottery but do not think I was selected.Could always try Sherburne WMA after the Adult Lottery but that place a shell of what she was not that many years ago!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Turkeys, Deer, and Racoons
You are right about the predator population on the turkeys. I think the pigs have an affect as well on the turkey nest. I started trapping a couple of years ago and have done fairly well with the coyote and bobcat population as well. You did have a couple of nice pictures of coyotes there in your last post as well.
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Awesome turkey pictures. Can’t wait to head over to Texas and chase some thunder chickens. Going to go a couple weeks later than last year - a bit warmer and toms out chasing hens. Have done better in April than in March.
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