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mean that is where they will be in deal. The long, hard winter may have
caused late nesting, plus the cooler
the fall.
"Over the past four years, the spring and late, excessive rains may
Wildlife Management Units with have caused poult mortality. But
the highest fall harvest densities and there's still a chance for at least
hunter success rates - WMUs 2E, 2D, average turkey recruitment this fall.
3A, 4C and 4E - were not always Some WMUs appear to have better
the WMUs where the most turkeys recruitment than others where drier
were seen during summer months," spring weather prevailed.
Pennsylvania's milder summer
she said. "However, after a summer
with above-average reproduction, is expected to have had a positive
your chances of finding abundant fall effect on poults.
"Warmer temperatures lead to
flocks are always high."
So, finding fresh turkey sign higher insect populations, the most
and an abundance of fall foods are important food source for poults
the keys to improving your hunt. and hens," Casalena explained.
"So the poults eat
When you're in the
The required use of more, grow a bit
right area, you'll
likely see plenty of fluorescent orange in faster and develop flight feathers
squirrels and deer
the fall season has faster. That allows
and bear sign, too.
Then, it's up to you made turkey hunting them to fly up to
low-hanging limbs
to find that flock. If
safer than ever.
to roost at night
you just sit and wait
for the turkeys to return, it could be quicker, increasing their survival
from ground predators."
a long wait. So push the issue.
Speaking of young turkeys,
Preliminary 2014 spring harvest
data show the take was likely similar Casalena said, if you have a choice
to last year's final spring harvest of this fall, consider taking a young one.
"Adult turkeys have higher sur34,920, which also is similar to the
previous three-year average. But the vival into next spring, and because
spring season usually doesn't predict the young birds remain with experithe fall season. The best indicators enced hens throughout most of the
for the fall harvest are turkey recruit- winter, leaving adults may improve
ment - larger flocks are easier to overall flock survival," emphasized
find - and mast crop - a poor hard- Casalena. "Adult males are more
mast crop concentrates birds around likely to breed than juvenile males
available food, often making them next spring, and adult hens have
higher nesting success than firsteasier to find.
There's every reason to believe year hens. There's nothing wrong
acorns should be at least average, with taking adults. Nothing at all.
where late hard frosts didn't occur But consider the benefits of taking
and forest pests aren't overwhelm- a younger turkey and then tell eving. Poult production is the same eryone why you did."
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