Hatches Are Off the Hook in New England

Turkey_henryzemanWord from OL contributor Steve Hickoff and others from New York north is that poults are E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E!!!!

Steve writes: Turkey hatches "here" (being Maine and New Hampshire) have ranged from late May (the earliest I saw) to the third week of July (the latest I've noted). Pretty amazing bird when all is said and done. Looks like a great season coming up.

Gerry Bethge, who hunts both Mass and NY, says its unbelievable how many birds he is seeing when he is out and about on the weekends. Quaker Boy's Dave Streb echoes his observations.

It's shaping up to be on phenemonal fall hunt throughout the region this year and of couple states, I believe New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and possibly even Maine (I need to confirm all of these), will allow turkey dogs for the first time. With or without dogs, if you've kept your calling and shotgunning confined to spring, this year might be the year you want to change it up.

I'll let you know how things are shaping up elsewhere in the coming days.