Those Southeastern Turkeys have been hunted by Generations of hardcore Turkey Hunters,Outlaws and Poachers, and Men regularly killing over the Legal Limit in the Spring. And the whole Southeast is a Destination for out of State Veteran Turkey Killers who every Spring take their Limit. That is one reason Mississippi had to change their very early opening day. Arkansas Turkey Killers flocked to all the MUAs. As well as other out of Staters
Decades of that equal Lockjaw and reduced Gobbling and Suspicious Toms staying up in their Roost until that see a Real Hen below them. Add the Nationwide Declining Turkey Numbers and hordes of Hunters wanting to Emulate the success of Traveling Utube Turkey Killing groups on Public Ground and Silence will Prevail.
Now-- up in the Northeast-- all of the above is happening... Certainly the situation was different in 1990 when,I started. Very Few Turkey Hunters,Vocal Gobblers,And Toms marching in from hundreds of yards to the Call. Right around 2015 or so- there was a marked difference in the Spring behavior of Hunted Toms Now Northeast Turkey Hunters have caught up to our Southren Brothers. Everyone now is a Turkey Killer. By May 4th- Lockjaw on the MUAs. It is what it is.
These are the Tough Birds,I want to Hunt to test my skills . Those who hunt on Large areas of Private- consider yourselves very fortunate indeed with our now educated and evolved Tough Turkeys.