Post by rutnstrutgamecalls on Oct 17, 2004 16:19:39 GMT -5
Has there been any assessment of the Turkey Flock by the Game and Fish Commission since the Three Hurricanes went through Central Florida ?
Although I realize that my observations are not Scientific Data and are only a Snap Shot of a very Small amount of Land (19,000 Acres) that I was Bow Hunting on. From what I saw and Heard the past two three day weekends the Turkey Flock seems to be Alive and well. I saw several Turkeys including Gobblers, Hens (Big and Small). Heard Gobbler Yelps, Gobbles, Assembly Calling and Kee Kee Runs.
As adaptable as the Wild Turkey is I would assume that they move to a Lower Limb or thick Bush and Hold on to make it through the Storms. They may even move to the Ground if it gets too bad. I don't think the Predators are too worried about Food or Looking for it, when the Hurricanes were blowing through !
You're right. Mortality is pretty low with larger bodied animals such as turkey. In my yard my wife has some peacocks, nasty birds that I wouldn't recommend, and I watched them as the hurricanes passed. Their habits are very similar to turkey so comparisons here should be valid.
Hurricane Charley hit us at night when the birds were roosting in an oak tree near the house. I watched as they tried to maintain balance on the limbs as gusts of wind would blow at them. They did this for hours, facing into the wind and hunkering down on the limb. Eventually, however, the winds were too strong and they flew down to the ground and used the house as a wind-break. They came through the storm fine although a little wet. I expect turkeys would act similarly and predation would be small as the predators are trying to survive themselves.
It depends on the level of damage and how widespread it is. Turkey can always move to more desirable areas if need be. Actually, by setting back ecological succession, or knocking down some trees to allow more vegetative growth, hurricanes can be beneficial to most animals in the long run.
Post by rutnstrutgamecalls on Nov 20, 2004 21:19:07 GMT -5
Thanks for the Post ! I have had several Out-of-State Turkey Hunter's contact me wanting to know about the Turkeys and how they fared the Hurricanes ! They will be glad to know that the Flock made it through fine !
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