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2020 turkey regs


Barbelboy

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I know it's the middle of winter, but i got turkeys on the brain. The DNR page says they new regs aren't out yet, but a careful look at the zone map shows some of the new rules. Looks like no season A & B lottery and everybody can hunt statewide.  Only Mille Lacs, Carlos and Whitewater are lottery.

 

 

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I got Turkeys on the brain all year been watching my winter flock for a while already. Figured they would implement a non lottery pretty soon way to many surplus tags left always for A and B. Hunters always are afraid to throw in considering the weather patterns can vary so much. Lottery or not B season for me been doing it since Mn opened the season. Always find success some years tougher than others but usally pretty good. 

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Yah, especially if you’re still able to get on the winter flocks before they completely break up and disperse to other properties.  We get them working through our yard for stretches of days at a time but then other stretches of days you can’t see one for trying.


Sometimes they just share some breakfast with me.

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I love hunting turkeys with my crossbow and will always do so. Tough buggers they are, but so rewarding to bag one.

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It will be interesting to see the early season dynamics over the next few year. Might be a lot of hunters buying early season tags, might not. They may wait to buy their tag until last minute depending on weather. But the utilization of a firearm statewide in all zones through your season is an interesting twist. One of the main reasons i hunt with a bow is the ability to hunt statewide all season. But if i can sit in some of my favorite spots throughout a 7 day season with a firearm it would make run and gun a bit more palatable. As well as the last redemption season would give me almost 18 days of hunting if wanted. I'll be curious to see the final regs. 

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I figured the lottery system would go away eventually.  I didn't think it would happen this soon though.  I intend to hunt the same "zone" I normally hunt but now I might just wait until I see a good week of weather, buy that license, and go for a few days.  The downside to this is that there might be more hunting pressure during a specific time frame.  Turkeys are tough to hunt, and they become even tougher when pressured.

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    • Wanderer
      I was surprised too.  I’ve assumed anyway the large milky white sack instead of roe was an indicator.  Like when you clean perch the males and females are obvious.  Some of the 15 inch walleyes had some roe in them.
    • Wanderer
      Well I’ve been wasting more time that lately!  Sorry for wasting your time then to read it.     A little agitated this evening?
    • JerkinLips
      I bet a much larger % of fish kept over 26" end up on the table rather than the wall.  I would personally like to see the upper slot changed to 28".   25" male walleye?  I didn't know the males got that large.  Guess I will have to check their gender from now on just for information.   The picture I posted was a picture of a picture developed from a negative 9 years ago.  Reason for the poor photo quality.
    • knoppers
      not much happening on the lake this winter the slush is that bad. only ones out have walked pulling portables. snowmobile is the only travel, and that gets a bit iffy in some areas, no stopping, and plenty of horsepower to get through some areas.
    • leech~~
      So pretty much your time spent typing this was a total waste!  Thanks. 👍
    • smurfy
      so as i understand it a smaller female lays less eggs then that 26 incher with maybe a better hatch rate but the 26 incher may lay MORE eggs with better genetics????🤔 but what do i know..... 
    • Wanderer
      I can’t personally answer that but I’m pretty sure 26-30 inch females do quite a bit of spawning.  The over 26 allowance is for keeping anglers happy about being able to keep a “trophy” at some point, knowing that harvest is likely minimal.   I agree the table fare quality decreases with every inch past about 24.  I prefer the under 20 walleyes for eating but occasionally keep one up to 24.   Over New Years weekend my wife caught a 25 that she wanted to keep.  Her fish, her choice.  It was a little thin and very old looking.  It was a male; a big male IMO.  She thought it was good when we ate it but I thought it was soft and watery.  To each their own on that I guess.   Just my 2 cents.   Nice one you have there in your pic!
    • JerkinLips
      Do female walleyes stop spawning at a certain age/size?  I am wondering if the 26" upper slot limit was picked to allow people to mount a "trophy", or keep a very large walleye for consumption.   I have never had a fish mounted, and would probably consider having a replica made if I catch a walleye over 31".  I have only kept one walleye over 26" (a 28" fish caught in 2013 winter that would not have survived if released), and that fish was not very good to eat.  Maybe it was at the end of its life.
    • Wanderer
      My worst was on Burntside in Ely.  Breaking trail across the lake, overloaded, big deep slush field.  Took half the day for three of us to get out of it.  Water deep enough everyone’s boots were soaked except my tall insulated rubber boots.   Sleds froze up and had to chisel out the tunnels to move again.  One person in the party became ill and didn’t go out the second day.  Thought it was because he got so chilled.  He went to the Dr after the trip and found out he actually had a heart condition.  Could’ve lost him that day.  That’s my big reason I won’t expect anyone to help beyond what they’re comfortable with.  Some friends are still gung ho but others will say no.  I’m fine either way.  I’ve got enough equipment and enough experience now that I’ll figure it out - if I’m willing to.  Yesterday in that wind and alone; not so much.
    • monstermoose78
      Fished Mille Lacs on the gravel in 23-26 feet and we seen a few but no takers. No fish over night or this morning. 
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