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Weather hasn’t stopped turkeys

It’s turkey time in north Louisiana. With all the weather activity putting a damper on fishing, it hasn’t slowed down the area’s turkey talkers. So far, reports are pretty good from afield, with a few exceptions pointed out below. Thursday’s latest round of storms will slow things for a day, but hopefully the season will pick right up again.

The 2019 wild turkey season opened April 6 on private lands in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows: Area A, April 6-May 5; Area B, April 6-28; and Area C, April 6-21. For a detailed map, go to http://www.eregulations.com/louisiana/hunting/2019-turkey-hunting-schedules/

If you want to keep up with the latest info and reports from turkey season, check out the Simmons’ Turkey Report with Jeff Simmons. Here’s one of the latest reports, courtesy of Simmons. You can check out all the reports on their website, https://www.simmonssportinggoods.com/

TURKEY REPORT: There always seems to be some challenge with hunting turkeys. This season, not only do hunters have to find birds and lure them in, but many hunters are being forced to change tactics and locations due to all this rain. It’s been a mixed bag.

The rain has messed up bottomland hunting and left many prime hunting areas under a load of water. Turkeys will often answer calls, but they don’t like to fly over water when they don’t have to. Take that in consideration if flood waters have separated you and your gobblers.

On the other hand, that has concentrated the birds in the hill country, which also makes them a little easier to locate for hunters in that habitat. But when all these changes take over, it does make the birds even more wary than before.

We’ve heard reports that the gobblers are acting a little strange in some places. They answer calls, but are slow to come to them. In other areas, the gobblers are still with the hens, making it difficult to get them separated. But that’s what makes this so much fun — when it isn’t frustrating. It is a challenge.

In either case, be safe out there.

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