Our chapter’s winter feeding program has been in full force since January 1, with more people needing help showing up at both barns than we’ve seen in years-due to the winter we’re having, no doubt. At this point, we are hoping our funds hold out until winter breaks, and we’re praying that’s early.
In the March 2006 issue of Michigan Turkey Tracks we published an article on the demise of the Pigeon River Country State Forest, located in the northeastern portion of the lower peninsula. This 105,000 acre forest is one of the most unique found anywhere on this planet. 65 percent of the forest land was purchased with hunter and angler dollars. About 22 percent was obtained through tax reversion.
We hope that everyone had a successful fall season, whether chasing kee-kee runs and yelps, monster bucks, fast flying or running small game or those tasty fillets. As always, it is not the kill that counts but the enjoyment we experience from the pursuit and the beautiful surroundings.
As these years roll by we have lost some of our pioneers in the restoration of Wild Turkeys in Michigan. These are the people who gave of their time, personal funds and resources to give those first Wild Turkeys a foothold, that has turned out to be beyond our wildest expectations.
For most of us this past spring, it was a pretty good season, thanks to slightly higher numbers of birds in many areas of the north. We work hard every day to see that.
But although conditions have been excellent for the hatch, we’re hearing reports of hens running with toms into mid-July, hens with one poult, and groups of hens with no poults at all. Predation is an obvious problem all over the state.
In the March, 2006 issue of Michigan Turkey Tracks we wrote of the demise of Pigeon River Country State Forest.In the article were listed specific problems that endangered the “Big Wild”, one of the most unique forests on this planet.