Last year the Little Gal (LG) and I gave you a report called The Little Gal Becomes a Trapper, in which, she decided to do some wildlife management via trapping. Years ago, there were larger flocks of turkeys in the area. Over time they had slowly disappeared. LG spoke with a biologist from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and got some ideas for wildlife management. She realized the increasing numbers of predators in our area were eradicating the flocks of turkey.
LG wants to be a wildlife biologist herself, so she put plenty of thought into what she might do to help keep the balance of wildlife on the property. She decided the best thing to do was to take up trapping. She studied the hills, fields and brush to locate good positions for her live traps. In her 2012 trapping efforts, she finished the season with six fox and five raccoon. She was proud that she had captured so many turkey killers and even more pleased when she saw the flocks of wild turkey returning to the area.
When the next trapping season came around, LG decided to give trapping another try. She saved up some money, bought a few new traps and then scouted out additional locations. This winter she trapped two raccoon, a fox and FOURTEEN skunks! That’s a lot of turkey killers. Needless to say, throughout this past winter, we were happy as we witnessed even larger flocks of turkey in the area.
With trapping season closed, we are now preparing for the upcoming turkey hunting season. LG is proud that she has increased the number of birds on the property without wiping out the predators. She knows this because she is not only seeing predator tracks in the hills, but she spotted raccoon tracks coming from the goose box. There has been an egg thief! What an excellent lesson in conservation and balance of animals. It will be a continuous job, but LG is happy to learn, and also to help with wildlife management through trapping and hunting.
As we prepare for turkey season, we have a few tips and suggestions for hunting success which we thought we would share with you. Mind you, we are referring to Colorado hunting. Colorado does not allow hunting over bait or feeders, and only allows the harvest of one bearded turkey during the spring hunt. We are going to do our best to be prepared, so she has a fair chance for a successful hunt.
Always be sure to make yourself familiar with local laws. Laws vary from state to state and may be changed from the past year. Review hunting regulations for the state you will be hunting before you head out to hunt.
It is very important to scout multiple areas prior to hunting season. We always look for more than one good location because, contrary to popular belief, those turkeys are pretty smart. You will see numerous birds all over a meadow a month before opening day, and at noon the day before season begins, they bail out of there. Scout and be sure to have a good “plan b” backup hunting location.
When it comes to turkey hunting, gear is very important. I am not only speaking of clothing, but also shotguns (or bows), blinds and calls.
With all the hard work the Little Gal has put into predation management, and the tips above, we hope to be carrying home a turkey this spring. We wish you success in your hunt as well. Above all, be safe and have fun!
First published on april 4, 2014, this post by Mia Anstine still is relevant for turkey hunting in 2015.
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