Soapbox « County Outfitters

By: County Outfitters  09-12-2011
Keywords: Birds, Turkey, Goose

Soapbox « County Outfitters

Morning, noon and night, the sound of goose calls fill the air as the guys blow the dust off their favourite calls.

The fall is almost upon us and you know, even the dog has a new spring in her step. That slight chill in the early morning air has everyone around here in much better spirits. Yep! Goose season is almost here.

Oh my gosh… check this out! Funniest turkey video I’ve seen EVER, lol. These guys should have their own show on WildTV!

So, just got my newest edition of Ontario Out of Doors mag and was reading about turkey stats, which brought alot of questions to mind.

The MNR states that the 2010 fall and spring hunts were the “poorest in recent years. Over the past 4 seasons there has been a 10% decline in the # of harvested Jakes”. Note : the percentage of  jakes is included in the percentage of males harvested.

Spring Stats:

Year       #Birds     % Jakes   #Hens

2007       9,766        38            73

2008     10,492       35           83

2009      9,252        33            58

2010       9,086          28          53

Right off the bat, I think, ” Why are the turkey #’s down? Can’t be!!”

The MNR states the population is steady at approx 70,000 birds in Ontario  from 2008 ’til 2010, so why the decrease in harvest #s?

Well, here’s my thinking in a nutshell, listed randomly as I ramble through my thoughts as to why:

# 1. Since the MNR went to the telephone reporting of harvested birds, I worry they have made it too easy to not report the bird. Mandatory check sites were a good thing and the presence of officers in the field has dwindled.   In summary, all the MNR has to go on with these stats is what we report, so be honest and call it in!!!!!!!

#2. So, if the # of harvested Jakes is down, that should mean that there are more mature Toms out there? Sounds reasonable. In our area the coyote #s have soared, so maybe they have attributed to the % being lower?

#3. The number of people taking Hunter education courses  continues to rise. Since 2001 those completing the course has risen by 80% from 9,641 to 17,645 in 2010. This is absolutely awesome!  We need to get our kids off  the streets, away from the playstations and back out in the field.

With that said, we are not only educating the next generation  about hunting, we’re also educating that smart old tom about every turkey call and decoy set-up going!

#4. And maybe its just us old hunters passing up the jakes.  We’re just out there, enjoying our time in the field and ensuring our future generations have a sport they can hand down to their children.

Can’t stress enough…report your birds. We need to work with our local MNR guys and gals to ensure they can have accurate stats to keep our hunting heritage alive and thriving.

Ok, enough County blabber. What’s your view?

Keywords: Birds, Goose, Turkey

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Morning, noon and night, the sound of goose calls fill the air as the guys blow the dust off their favourite calls. That slight chill in the early morning air has everyone around here in much better spirits. The fall is almost upon us and you know, even the dog has a new spring in her step.