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SILENCE OF THE GOBBLER

 WHY WON'T HE GOBBLE

Well there are a few opinions out in the woods why our passion won't gobble in the spring. Of course each year you here the same remarks. They don't gobble as much as they use to in my area. Well there is hope roosting in that tree.

There are some of the states that have grown their wild turkey population to outstanding numbers and we as hunters applaud the great efforts from all the states game and fish agencies. But the first theory is that there are too many hens in the woods so the boss gobbler does not have to gobble as much since the hens seem to be available everywhere.

Another popular hunter opinion is that we constantly take the vocal gobblers so by harvesting them. We are leaving the gobblers that are not as vocal and those birds are doing all of the breeding and producing offspring with the same genetics.

The final opinion among hunters is the how the hunting season falls in the state. Some years it falls later in the season and some year earlier, just depends on the calendar. Which if it falls later in the season the breeding season is over.

Well after talking with Missouri wildlife biologist, and with out knowing for sure what makes a gobbler want to gobble. Without one doubt I believe this to be the most reasonable answer that I have gotten is once the hens stop responding to his calls of courtship for two to three days he just stops gobbling as much. Now, most of the time the simple answer is the right answer and this makes perfect since.

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