The turkeys seemed to almost disappear this past winter but they are starting to show up in pretty good sized flocks.
Upland birds might have a difficult time feeding in the snow and ice but turkey have the ability to scratch through and get enough to survive in the roughest of conditions.
While these birds were feeding there was a little pecking order being established between the jakes and mature toms, so it appears the stage is being set for their spring time ritual.
This year we are going to extend the maximum reservations on the books for turkey from 2 to 3 and deer from 3 to 4.
As seen on Friday.
Snows are throughout the area mostly south of the snow line.
The Other Side
Anti-Hunting Legislator Likely Head of Key House Committee for Sportsmen 2/25/10
"The next chairman of a key house committee with oversight over federal funding for wildlife conservation has a long history of opposing hunting, trapping, and gun ownership. U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D- VA) is expected to be named Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. This subcommittee oversees funding for the Department of Interior and its various agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This makes this chair one of the most powerful positions influencing public policy on federal lands including whether to keep such land open to sportsmen."
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
HSUS Hit by Federal Racketeering Lawsuit Other Animal Rights Groups Named in Case 2/25/10
"These findings by Judge Sullivan prompted Feld Entertainment to file its own lawsuit claiming that HSUS and others were involved in racketeering or illegal business activities by financing Rider’s suit in order to advance an agenda that included ending the use of elephants in circuses."
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
When it comes to coordinating individual sportsman actions on a concentrated political front it is the USSA above all others that is the most effective.
Millions of acres covered under CRP set to expire Thursday, February 25, 2010
"The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that of the 3.783 million acres covered by general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts which expired Oct. 1, 2009, 1.045 million were extended for another three or five years while 2.738 million acres came out of CRP. Looking ahead, another 15.4 million acres are set to expire by October 2012."
The Fort Scott Tribune, Delta George
"...A memorandum of understanding that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will sign with Pheasants Forever in Des Moines Saturday allows PF’s biologists access to landowner data in USDA offices...It allows us to target potential people that we should be talking to,” said Dave Nomsen, the group’s vice president of government relations."
Des Moines Register, Feb. 25, 2010, Group using USDA data to recruit landowners
DES MOINES – U.S. Sec. of Ag. Tom Vilsack announced Saturday the United States Department of Agriculture will soon offer a new general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program for the first time since 2006.
USDA to offer new general signup for CRP in 2010 By: Todd Burras, The Tribune, February 27, 2010