Letters To The Editor – May 2019
Want To Grow Turkeys? Then Quit Shooting 3 Gobblers!
I would like to comment on the lack of turkeys in the state and the prior articles written in the GON.
First, I want it to be clear for the record that in order for a hen turkey to lay a fertilized egg, a gobbler must breed her. Consider this well-known fact before pulling the trigger on that second and third tom every spring. I encourage the DNR to lower the limit to one bird per person for two years while studying poult recruitment, and if poult recruitment doesn’t increase because of this rule, I’ll hand over my paycheck to the DNR.
Sportsmen can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. But if you are going to complain about the population, at least don’t be a hypocrite and continue to shoot three toms every spring.
Also, to the people who say shooting and trapping predators doesn’t help poult recruitment and only makes populations increase, you’re wrong. It decreases them one by one.
If every hunter shot one coyote and one raccoon per season in Georgia, our game populations would be flourishing. I encourage people to not let a coyote just stroll by next season.
Gary Hoffacker, Clarkesville
Pick Up Some Trash Every Time You Go Hunting
Something that really irks me is folks who claim to be outdoorsmen who trash our public hunting grounds. How can you claim to love the outdoors and leave your trash scattered throughout the woods?
I try to always leave the woods a little cleaner than I found them, even if I do nothing more than carrying out a couple of aluminum cans. I think as outdoorsmen, it is our duty to be good stewards of the land and to protect it. I believe the good hunters out there outnumber the bad, and I challenge all hunters out there to pick up a piece or two of trash here and there and carry it out with you and throw it in a trash can later. I’m not saying spend your whole hunt picking up trash, but if each one of us would do a little, it would go a long way at cleaning the woods up. Besides, if we don’t do it, who will?
Jody Hawk, Monroe
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