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Old 04-22-2018, 07:26 PM   #1
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My lease is about 200 acres near Fredericksburg. Until a couple years ago our spring turkey season was pretty good. For the last couple years we see turkeys during deer season but in the spring we hardly have any. We have water, roost trees and corn feeders. Is there a way to get them to stick around during the spring season? Would feeding milk help?

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Old 04-22-2018, 07:28 PM   #2
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Couple of turkey feeder with milo maybe? Milk???

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Old 04-22-2018, 07:28 PM   #3
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Milk?

Food plots, hen scratch, etc
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:42 PM   #4
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I have found that they don't like pressure at all. If they were roosting in a group of your trees I would give them a good buffer. 20 acres or so that you don't mess with. Just my opinion and probably no easy to do on smaller acreage. Other than than...food, water, cover.
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:43 PM   #5
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High fence those suckers!
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:53 PM   #6
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Mix some milo in your feeders. They love it. Not sure what your coon population is like, but get rid of all of them that you can. If you have water, some roost trees, and feed they should stay pretty close.
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:54 PM   #7
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Milk?? What in tarnation?

Food, water and roost trees are all you can do.

We turn all our feeders up in early March to keep the hens on our place. Seems to work for us. All I can tell you is to add more feed somewhere.

As much as they move during season for us they would be off and on 200 acres in no time.
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:56 PM   #8
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Think he typed milo and phone changed it. Mine did too
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:57 PM   #9
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Not sure what your coon population is like, but get rid of all of them that you can. .

This too. We have removed 231 coons since 5/2015 and our turkey hunting has been incredible the last two years.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:08 PM   #10
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Our turkeys hit clover hard this time of year, before there are really any bugs to get after. A chufa plot works wonders for turkeys. I saw some today eating wheat that has started to head out in one of my plots. They’re pretty opportunistic feeders.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:34 PM   #11
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They are moving to another property to eat something you don't have. We used to experience this in late deer season. They were going to some big pecan trees a half mile south of us.

They make turkey feeders. Might try a few on your place, but corn feeders are probably not gonna help all that much. Turkeys pretty well feed all day, so fifteen minutes worth of corn might not keep them around if something more substantial is a few acres away.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:48 PM   #12
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Iím having the same issue. There are big flicks around me, but have not been able to convince them to come here with any regularity yet.

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Old 04-22-2018, 09:08 PM   #13
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Stay away from the roost!
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:08 PM   #14
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I seen them turkey feeders at AST but a feller would have to build a elevated deck for it, the hogs would haul it off or the coons would rape it if it was on the ground. The other night I snuck by one of my protein feeders and seen a coon so big, I ran.
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:14 PM   #15
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They like chocolate but not white milk

As said earlier, turn the corn up and put some turkey feeders out also.


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Old 04-23-2018, 06:40 AM   #16
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Its really not possible to convince turkey to stay on your property.. They migrate/travel for miles. Its just what they do.. Having a water source such as large ponds or a lake is the main thing that will hold a few.. Food helps but its not a slam dunk way to hold them because a turkeys diet consists of such a wide variety seeds, grasses, bugs, etc.... They either want to stay or they don't.
Skunks and coons are bad on populations but I'm afraid the fire ant will be the eventual demise of the Rios in the hill country.. Fire ants are getting bad in McCulloch county.. I can remember when there weren't any here..
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:43 AM   #17
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Stay away from the roost!
And this^^^^^^^^^for sure..........
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:00 AM   #18
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Are your neighbors feeding them milk? Sounds like a lot of guys on here don't know about the milk trick.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:28 AM   #19
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Its really not possible to convince turkey to stay on your property.. They migrate/travel for miles. Its just what they do.. Having a water source such as large ponds or a lake is the main thing that will hold a few.. Food helps but its not a slam dunk way to hold them because a turkeys diet consists of such a wide variety seeds, grasses, bugs, etc.... They either want to stay or they don't.
Skunks and coons are bad on populations but I'm afraid the fire ant will be the eventual demise of the Rios in the hill country.. Fire ants are getting bad in McCulloch county.. I can remember when there weren't any here..
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They go where they go. Been doing it for generations.
Hunt when they are there - and expect them to disappear half the year......
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:33 AM   #20
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We built a couple of these a few years ago and the turkey hammer em (so do the dove). Fill em up with scratch.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:38 AM   #21
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They go where they go. Been doing it for generations.
Hunt when they are there - and expect them to disappear half the year......
Exactly... We are covered up in the summer until October. They all, except a hand full, leave for the winter(they migrate north toward Brady lake)and they return in the spring.. They've been doing this same routine for 18 years.. And we have a pond and year around feed.. It doesn't matter.. They do what they do..
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:01 AM   #22
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We built a couple of these a few years ago and the turkey hammer em (so do the dove). Fill em up with scratch.
How does this one work?

I built one from an old protein feeder and feed hen scratch year round. The deer hit this one, along with the birds.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:13 AM   #23
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Another thing a lot of people don't consider is grass. Too much and they don't like to walk in it as they cant see as well. Too little and hens wont nest in the area without enough cover. We used to mow areas in our river bottom to encourage them to stay around....
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:20 AM   #24
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Fill a feeder using half corn and half hen scratch.
Turkey will scratch and peck that bare dirt under the feeder long after the feed is gone.
They love it and it’ll hold them.
Hunt them there and don’t mess with crowding a roost.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:34 AM   #25
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As stated above, milo and killing coons is the best things that you can do. 10 years ago, we only occasionally saw hens on our property. One spring, we fed the roads with milo and mixed milo with the corn in our feeders. We now have a pretty good number of birds on our property in the spring. Keep in mind that turkeys do migrate somewhat in the hill country. They spend the fall and winter down in the lower elevations, preferring to roost in tall pecans near streams and rivers. In the spring, they spread out and move to higher elevations. At over 2000 feet of elevation, we have virtually no birds until at least February. This year, they didn't really show up until late March. Water is also very important. Hens like to have ground level water to wet their breast feathers for incubation. Cattle troughs are not as good as ponds, springs, or streams. Best of luck to you.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:39 AM   #26
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We use apple corn & they hit it pretty hard.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:41 AM   #27
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Pics will explain everything. daily feeding.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:43 AM   #28
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I forgot to mention hogs. TP&W is currently studying hog predation on turkey nests. Some biologists seem pretty concerned that this may be a growing problem.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:44 AM   #29
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Pics tel it all. Daily feeding.
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Old 04-23-2018, 10:09 AM   #30
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Regular corn works well too..

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Old 04-23-2018, 10:11 AM   #31
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We use apple corn & they hit it pretty hard.
Turkey have a poor sense of smell so I'm betting it is more the visual of corn than the smell of apple.
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Old 04-23-2018, 10:13 AM   #32
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Two properties I hunt we do a lot of prescribed burning. If we burn between November and Feb it provides great turkey grounds and they always flock to those areas.
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Regular corn works well too..

Man that's crazy!
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:13 AM   #34
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Man that's crazy!
Shane that's just a hand full really.. What's crazy and amazing is seeing a wave of about 500-600 moving through a pasture feeding on grass hoppers....
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:25 AM   #35
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This time of year the hens need nesting cover, grow the preferred combo of grass/brush the hens will move in. Had a lease with this problem in reverse, spring into summer we were covered up with turkeys, they disappeared late summer through winter.
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Old 04-23-2018, 12:29 PM   #36
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Oh yes...most importanly.....do not celebrate Thanksgiving on the property you want them on. It makes them uneasy.. Thank me later..
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Is this at your new property?
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Old 04-23-2018, 12:57 PM   #38
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They need nesting cover to hang around in spring. Talk with a biologist about how to improve nesting cover on your place and take care of those predators, hogs really like turkey nests.
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Old 04-23-2018, 01:06 PM   #39
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Another thing a lot of people don't consider is grass. Too much and they don't like to walk in it as they cant see as well. Too little and hens wont nest in the area without enough cover. We used to mow areas in our river bottom to encourage them to stay around....
I will 2nd this. The birds really like manicured areas to strut around in.
We mowed about 5 acres right along our creek and put a feeder in the middle.
For the last month, it is turkey bird central.
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Old 04-23-2018, 02:37 PM   #40
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Corn feeders and do lots of predator control!
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Old 04-23-2018, 03:28 PM   #41
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Think he typed milo and phone changed it. Mine did too
No, no....milk's right. I've killed 'em with their lips dripping with the stuff.


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Old 04-23-2018, 03:35 PM   #42
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They love pepper, but keep in mind that they hate cinnamon.

Errr was that tigers?
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Elevated Turkey feeders.
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:34 PM   #44
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Yes it is Stickman, next to Laureles Division of the King.
I have a live creek that borders to the South and Kingsville NAS. Turkey and deer love Jet noise like me!
Also had a forestry mulcher clear about 5 acres in locations and you all were right, the turkey prefer open areas.

My rafter of turks don't like that tall guinnie grass either, they have adapted to it; they fly around allot instead of walking in the grass. They fly from feeding to roosting and back like a covey of quail.
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:36 PM   #45
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The Fritos are a truce between the Javies and I. They love em!
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Old 04-23-2018, 05:04 PM   #46
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They love to drink milk makes there spurs big and strong !!
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ovaltine works great on my place. we were using tang but it made em pretty flighty.
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