It looks like the survey is still open for anyone not doing that yet.
Our spring hatch, 2012, was better than the past 2 years which were very poor. Not knowing what to blame for sure, we mostly blame coons. There sure are a lot of them around. Some, but not a lot of coyotes in our area.
Also it seems that turkeys are nesting in alfalfa fields more now than in past years. 100% of those nests are destroyed by the mower and sometimes the hen.
Guessing that we have about 60% of the turkeys that we had in our area 7-10 years ago.
I was up around Gaylord, Boyne, and Petoskey this last weekend and I saw a lot of hens with poults scratching along the road. Amazing how much more tolerant of traffic and people that northern birds are vs the birds in Eaton County.
I haven't seen many poults in Eaton, but I haven't been looking either. A farmer friend did tell me he ran a nested hen through his hay bind though.
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