It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the early warm weather in the area means that Spring gobbler season could be a little more difficult this year.
Given that many plants began budding earlier than usual, it’s likely that trees could be covered with leaves much earlier this year, making visibility for spring turkey hunters an issue.
Though I don’t have any scientific evidence to back this up, the early warm weather also could alter mating habits.
On the positive side, because of the warmer-than-usual winter, mortality rates should not have been high, as the flocks never really had to go long periods of time without being able to forage.
The same could be said of deer and other wild animals as well.
That might not pay off this year, but in the next couple of years, we could see an overall increase in the turkey flocks.
Another issue with the early warm spell we’ve experienced will be the warming of area waterways long before normal.
That could seriously affect trout fishing this year.
Trout are a cold water fish and cannot be stocked in water that is above 70 degrees. That certainly isn’t an issue now, but late-season stockings could become an issue.