The past few springs have been extremely wet and put a damper on that part of the state’s turkey poult numbers, but numbers point to this spring being even better. Now you can virtually go anywhere in the state and see wild turkeys and hunting opportunities exist statewide. While Region II counties consistently rank high in harvest numbers, counties to the west and east also do very well, too, which makes it easy for hunters to find a good place close to home. Maury County was once again the overall statewide harvest leader for with 1, birds taken, and Greene finished just behind with bearded birds harvested for the second year in a row. Chris Hunter, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Turkey Program Coordinator stated, “Tennessee seems to have hit a stable point in the turkey population and this is where we want to be. Maury took 1, birds during the spring season and heads up this list with more than an bird increase from last season.
As they stand, ranked fourth with 33, and had 34, Henry, with birds taken, was just a little lower than last season but it actually moved up a spot overall. It is normally up near the top each spring in overall numbers and totaled up turkeys for That brought out plenty of insects and seedlings to help them put on weight and strengthen their bodies, which relates to better survival rates. Falling just a little under the record mark, it was still a stellar season. If all goes well it should be business as usual this season and quite possibly another record-breaking harvest. I am personally astonished each spring as I begin my early scouting trips and hear multiple toms echoing through the timber.
The words barely made it out as his little gauge Mossberg rocked the woods and the 3-inch Winchester No. During the spring season, we harvested over 30, birds for the last 10 years and although small fluctuations have occurred, this is expected in a long-term stable turkey population.
I could feel Ben shaking as the tom was strutting and gobbling at 25 yards but there was a few limbs blocking his potential shot. Giles finished up the list with a respectable bearded birds.
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Rutherford and its turkeys checked in during the spring of rounds out the top five. Overton lead this region with harvested, Clay was next with birds, just behind was Warren hjnting took inJackson was one bird shy of the four hundred mark withand White with turkeys finished the list of second through fifth respectively.
Chris Hunter, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Turkey Program Coordinator stated, “Tennessee seems to have hit a stable point in the turkey population and this is where we want to be. Now you can virtually go anywhere in the state and see wild turkeys and hunting opportunities exist statewide. Newcomers to the top ten this year included Bedford, Giles, and Lincoln, which topped ‘s eighth through tenth place finishers, Hardeman, Hardin, and Wilson counties.
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As he continued, more toms also joined in and then one let loose on a nearby ridge about yards away. Weakley also sexson a very small reduction in harvest, but ended with There was only one spot he could cross.
Region IV top five counties harvest rankings are as follows, Greene and its impressivehuntiny for the region was Hawkins total ofCocke totaledSullivan with just edged out Washington, which had a harvest of birds. Hickman, Marshall, Robertson, Wayne, and Williamson are also good producers in this region, which produce some great numbers and it is not uncommon for plus birds to be taken each spring from several Region II counties.
We hurriedly headed in his direction and as he kept up his vocal music, we made our way to an oak flat surrounded by two ridges and multiple points that all led down to our position. For more information, please click here.
This part of the state holds some of the toughest terrain to chase wild turkeys and in my opinion might be why it has lower harvest numbers. North Cherokee along the Tennessee and North Carolina border dropped in the rankings to the eighth position with 63 harvested birds reported.
The past few springs have been extremely wet and put a damper on that part of the state’s turkey poult numbers, but numbers point to this spring being even better. Region II boasts some excellent turkey hunting with its ideal habitat spread throughout the middle portion of the state. Sumner dropped a few numbers in harvest totals but hunters still bagged last season.
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Several counties across the state continue to dominate with high harvest numbers hunitng each region has counties that stand out from the rest.
Instead of trying to advance on him uphill, we opted to stay low and coax him in and hopefully get ssason see him do his thing. We have to go back eastward to the Catoosa WMA for the fourth spot and it was just shy of the century mark with 98 birds harvested. Ama turn around and head back west to the Milan AAP public hunting area which ended up with 80 birds last season for the number five spot.
He went on to say that the western third of the state, which also experienced a dry spring showed positive results of good poult production.
cafoosa In the eastern part of the state, Greene County continues to be a promising place to find excellent turkey hunting. Please check with your local wildlife agency to confirm seasonal information before planning your hunt, as information is subject to change. By continuing to use our website, you agree to the changes. Hoping for the best I told Ben to shift his body degrees in case he was heading to the crossing.
Dickson, with its harvest ofproves it continues to be a turkey hotspot each spring. Some even told him it seemed to be one of the best springs in terms of poult sightings. A calm, cool morning met us as we emerged from the warmth of the truck’s cab.
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If all goes well it should be business as usual this season and quite possibly another record-breaking harvest. As we all know, nearly every county in middle Tennessee has healthy turkey populations, which only escalates the potential of good harvest numbers and it seems to be helping Greene County because it is always near the top in overall birds harvested.
The turkeys are there and with fewer hunters after them, it could beef up your odds of tagging one. It is a very large parcel of real estate with overacres spread through several counties.