The 2023 Georgia Turkey Hunting Special
Last season’s shorter turkey season and a new two-bird limit yield an expected lower statewide harvest, but the drop in hunter numbers is concerning.
Mike Bolton | March 3, 2023
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I don’t find the drop in hunter numbers alarming. I find it encouraging. Public land turkey hunting has become a rat race.
I don’t think we are having enough conversation around nest predation and is impact on poult recruitment. There is a significant correlation between the increase in hog population statewide and the reduction in poults. We also don’t talk enough about the reduced number of coon hunters over the years. I believe these to be two of the larger impact predators on turkeys. Simply reducing the tom harvest won’t stop these predators. Now we are reducing hunters drastically and that includes license fee revenue which is supposed to conservation efforts…I guess that’s not important anymore.
Move the season back to mid March. Keep the reduced bag limits on Toms. Don’t punish the hunters for predators causing damage. I have one word, bounty.