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Fall Turkey
ForecasT
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OT TOO LONG AGO, as the number of fall-turkey hunters
Pennsylvania's fall turkey slowly declined through the remainder
hunters outnumbered spring of the 20th century, the resource grew.
gobbler hunters. In fact, they always By 2001, Pennsylvania had its largest
did, until 2000. That's when spring spring turkey population ever, about
hunters started to outnumber fall 280,000. About a quarter-million fall
hunters took a record 48,008 turkeys
hunters.
Then, in 2005, the number of fall that year.
Even though Pennsylvania's fall turhunters slipped below 200,000 for the
first time in decades. It hasn't been key harvests and hunter numbers remain
above it since. But it sure did come by far the highest in the Northeast, and
close last fall when about 193,500 tur- the 2013 fall season saw a definitive upkey hunters went afield. The number tick in hunter participation, the sport
of fall hunters was up 50 percent from could use some more hunters, Casalena
said. Just getting
the previous
back over the
year, and the inBy Joe kosack
200,000-hunter
crease in hunters
associaTe ediTor
threshold would
afield seems to
be a big step in
have led to a better season. Mary Jo Casalena, Game the right direction.
"The biggest mistake fall turkey
Commission turkey biologist, hopes it's
hunters make annually in Penn's
a sign of fall seasons to come.
"The surprising return of hunters, Woods, is not going!" Casalena said.
coupled with a sizeable harvest of "Or giving up when they can't locate
16,273 turkeys made last fall a season to a flock. Sometimes a fall hunter has to
remember," said Casalena. "Our hunter walk a lot to find birds."
You don't have to be a pro to take a
numbers were even above the previous
10-year average of 167,000. We believe turkey in the fall season, Casalena said.
"You can sound like the worst ever
providing increased opportunities to
imitation of a turkey and still take an
take fall turkeys is drawing hunters
inexperienced young bird or an old hen
back to the woods."
At its peak in popularity in 1980, that thinks you're one of her brood,"
fall turkey hunting attracted more than Casalena said. "Plenty of hunters also
483,000 hunters. By 1985, participa- luck into one while small game hunting
tion had dropped below 300,000. But or bowhunting for deer. But you have
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