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Expert Predictions on the Wild Turkey Population Decline

This is Huntin’ Land, the podcast for landowners and land hunters; with how-to’s for habitat management and land investment. If you own, manage, or dream of owning land, this is the podcast for you. On this week’s show, we talk to Chuck Sykes the Director of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the ADCNR and formerly The Management Advantage. Chuck offers his expert opinion on a whole host of topics including wild turkey population decline, new deer hunting zones, SOA registrations, the alligator season coming up in August, dove field planting tips and hunting, summer trapping and more.

Wild Turkey Population and Other Topics Discussed

New deer hunting zones

  • Where are they?

  • Why were they implemented?

SOA registrations

  • When?

  • How?

Alligator season coming up in August

  • When to apply?

  • Any changes in regulations for 2020?

Dove field planting tips and hunting

  • What dove food plot seed do you find best for Southern soils and season dates

  • Tips on preparing our fields now for better dove hunting, not just attractiveness?

Summer trapping

  • What to target and why

  • Best baits for those species

Turkey season recap and Game Check numbers

  • What is the estimated wild turkey population in Alabama?

  • What areas of the state have the most dense populations in 2020?

  • Are turkey populations increasing or decreasing in Alabama and in the south as a whole?

  • Was the participation in Game Check increased this year?

  • How is the data being used?

  • What is the DCNR-WFF doing to promote turkey habitat on State lands?




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Important Links

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division



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