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Old 11-28-2015, 04:36 PM   #1
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I know we have them seen them crossing roads and while driving and on game camera. 1st time to see them while in stand today.
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Old 11-28-2015, 04:48 PM   #2
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That's sweet. My father in law was just asking me yesterday evening if we have any here in San Augustine cty where I'm hunting. I told him I have heard there are but I have never seen any. Lol
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Old 11-28-2015, 04:49 PM   #3
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I saw one cross the road the other day. Got pretty excited
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Old 11-28-2015, 04:58 PM   #4
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my fil said the fire ants pretty much wiped em out but I've heard em in the distance. that's kew
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Old 11-28-2015, 09:05 PM   #5
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NWTF and TPWD have been doing restocking all over east texas
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Old 11-28-2015, 09:16 PM   #6
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Seen 10 gobblers. On the side of the road in the shnf off 1375. I couldn't believe it.
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Old 11-29-2015, 01:25 AM   #7
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I've killed 7 in the last 10 years. All were Angelina, Jasper, or Nacogdoches Co. It's nice to see a big wad of them like that! Could you tell if they were hens or gobblers? Usually this time of year they'll group up by sex.
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Old 11-29-2015, 01:02 PM   #8
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5 jakes and 9 hens, I'm going to hunt them this year, but I said that last year too lol
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Old 11-29-2015, 01:06 PM   #9
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Good sign...really nice to see them trying to make a come back!
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Old 11-29-2015, 05:59 PM   #10
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Good sign...really nice to see them trying to make a come back!
Yep we saw about 40-50 in a big group in October when we drove down to the bottom to check the hog trap one day. Pretty cool
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Old 11-30-2015, 01:55 PM   #11
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Ive seen some on a paper lease just south of the loop in Nacogdoches.
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:51 AM   #12
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its nice to see the turkeys make the big come back
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:27 AM   #13
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NWTF and TPWD have been doing restocking all over east texas
Not entirely true, NWTF and TPW have done four super stockings in 2016 .... There's actually a great article in the NWTF state newsletter that's about to go out this month . The area of which the birds are stocked is called the Neches River Priority Area and the four stockings are fairly spread out. A super stocking consists of approximately 80 birds and the theory is that stocking more in fewer places will enable the flock to withstand predation due to numbers.

There was one stocking in the Angelina forest one near Lovelady one north of Palastine and one in between elkhart and alto. Maybe you are seeing some of the stocked birds? And maybe if were lucky you're not and that means the reproducing!
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:53 AM   #14
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I saw a few on our lease early in the season here in Nac off of 21 West by the Lake
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Old 12-08-2015, 11:12 AM   #15
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Not entirely true, NWTF and TPW have done four super stockings in 2016 .... There's actually a great article in the NWTF state newsletter that's about to go out this month . The area of which the birds are stocked is called the Neches River Priority Area and the four stockings are fairly spread out. A super stocking consists of approximately 80 birds and the theory is that stocking more in fewer places will enable the flock to withstand predation due to numbers.

There was one stocking in the Angelina forest one near Lovelady one north of Palastine and one in between elkhart and alto. Maybe you are seeing some of the stocked birds? And maybe if were lucky you're not and that means the reproducing!


Yes I found where they were stocking in the ANF they put signs up. It's across the street from my lease lol. And yes they are reproducing nicely. Had a hen with 8 babies on my game camera several times this year. I think they leave the NF because of lack of thickets.
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Old 12-08-2015, 11:18 AM   #16
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Anytime I see a turkey up here it's a red letter day. Very few around so much the season is canceled. Heard they were going to stock around the Caddo area. They look for 10,000 acre blocks of land. With the refuge and type 2 land around the lake it fits.
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Old 12-08-2015, 11:18 AM   #17
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That was a few years back...they put signs up all over the place, along with those stupid bear signs. Also trapping and relocating some that were accustomed to the area off another lease before they went in and clearcut the mess out of it. Should have seen them right after the release, birds were using an old bait store as a roost.
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Old 12-08-2015, 11:22 AM   #18
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Yes I found where they were stocking in the ANF they put signs up. It's across the street from my lease lol. And yes they are reproducing nicely. Had a hen with 8 babies on my game camera several times this year. I think they leave the NF because of lack of thickets.
Yes they have a Standard index in terms of the amount of acreage that has to be suitable habitat before they declare an area stockable. I want to say it's 10,000 acres (I can't remember if that's the exact number) acres it has to meet certain requirements. My opinion means absolutely nothing but I don't always agree with this ...I'm sure there are some 2500 acre areas that meet prime turkey habitat this typically means a mix of open fields and wooded stands other than the pine thicket. However they are doing burns in the national forest that certainly helps create turkey habitat? If your place has wildlife openings I bet they are moving into that area because that is suitable habitat.

Be good stewards of those birds and let them reproduce. East Texas was once loaded with eastern turkeys and hopefully one day that will be the case again.
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:24 PM   #19
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Ya I need to build or buy a turkey feeder and put it out with some hen scratch and protien pellets for them.
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I got a permit to Hunt Caddo Lake for Turkeys this spring. Does anybody have any experience there they want to share?
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