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Old 08-22-2018, 11:28 AM   #1
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For those of you who haven't opened up the reg book yet, you might want to look at next springs seasons. The youth only get the woods to themselves for 3 days in 2019 and everything is shuffled earlier. Suprised by this adjustment as this sport is huge in getting kids involved. We'll make due as I only have one more youth hunter left but I feel for those with more than 1 youth hunter in a family. So many memories made in the week-long Iowa youth turkey season for my family.

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I heard about that a while ago, kinda wondered about the reasoning on it also. Never had it when my kids where at that age but we sure would have used it and enjoyed it if they did .
Maybe trying to limit public land pressure?
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When they originally extended it, could the license be used during the other seasons or just the youth??? Regardless, I still disagree with the shortening of the season. I would have missed out on a few memories with my son had it not been for a few extra days.
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Just why do you feel youth have to have their own season? Is is just because the adults don't want them along? I trained many youth during the years prior to having a youth season. We DO NOT need to have a youth season for turkeys or anything else. A hunter is a hunter. Just experience from my 68 years of training, guiding and hunting hunters . Good move DNR! Next year get rid of the youth seasons all together. It hurts adult hunters by moving the dates back.
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Just why do you feel youth have to have their own season? Is is just because the adults don't want them along? I trained many youth during the years prior to having a youth season. We DO NOT need to have a youth season for turkeys or anything else. A hunter is a hunter. Just experience from my 68 years of training, guiding and hunting hunters . Good move DNR! Next year get rid of the youth seasons all together. It hurts adult hunters by moving the dates back.
I'm wishing I would have not edited my original post to say that Maybe 14ducks will kill a turkey now. As I knew you were wanting this change. Howard are you the guy that pushes the kids out of a food line so you can go first?

I sat in on a hunters safety education last early April. 30 kids in the room, Instructor says raise your hand if you plan on hunting turkeys this year....I think all but 1 kid didn't raise their hand in excitement. That blew me away. Looking at ages in the room not very many of those kids 3-4 maybe would be hunting alone. Its not about needing a week and more about needed 2 weekends. You've raised kids so you know the number #1 key to getting kids out is free time. Couple that with school and sports and its a pull on the slot machine if the kids are even going to be able to go. Cause whatever weekend sports, birthday party, church, yada yada are going to trump turkey hunting every time.

I'm not sure why I need to explain why youth need their own season? I know you didn't have youth turkey season back when you were young, neither did I. That doesn't mean its hogwash. You're so set in your ways. As outdoorsman, we need to do everything in our power to keep youth in this sport and getting them outside, even when it means letting them go first. Unless you like them staring at their phones snapchatting a zillion mentally challenged looking faces to their friends or playing Fort Night? Success is key and that is what this season was designed for imo...get them out there when the turkeys are chumps, let them have the first crack at the tom roosted 100yds into the public woods with out every Tom, Dick, and Harry walking by.

I just feel like this was the one youth season this state had right. Apparently, all good things do come to an end cause guys remain greedy and complain. You want to see a joke of a youth season....try deer hunting in September or duck hunting a public marsh a few days after a 5-day opener in September.

I started turkey hunting in 93. The very first year I got skunked as I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Every year since then I have scored on at least one long beard, most years 2. I've never once blamed the youth hunters for my success if I didn't happen to kill a 4th season tom. This year for the first time I switched over to archery tackle to add to the sport as it was starting to get anticlamatical for me pulling the trigger on a tom. 14 ducks with all your knowledge you should be running circles around these turkeys. Instead of blaming youth hunters, mushroom hunters, deer poachers with speakers up in a tree try blaming your self on success. Why? Cause you won't leave your overpopulated public woods. You'd score every year to if you switched turkey woods. I know most likely age plays a big role in where you hunt, I would suggest finding something just as easy elsewhere. I feel year in year out one of my biggest keys to success is switching woods. 1 hunt here, the next hunt 60 miles away, the next hunt back around home, I've got about 10 places(mostly public) I know that produce year in year out.

My family has one more year here for youth seasons and it won't directly affect us anymore unless I'm still kicking when grandkids are around. That one week in spring has been my favorite week to hunt of the year for the past 8 years and I'm not the one doing the shooting.

I'm sorry it hurt your adult hunting.
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Has anyone heard an explanation for the change ? And an explanation as to why they would open youth season on a Friday.
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Just why do you feel youth have to have their own season? Is is just because the adults don't want them along? I trained many youth during the years prior to having a youth season. We DO NOT need to have a youth season for turkeys or anything else. A hunter is a hunter. Just experience from my 68 years of training, guiding and hunting hunters . Good move DNR! Next year get rid of the youth seasons all together. It hurts adult hunters by moving the dates back.
^^^^^Quite possibly one of the dumbest human beings to inhabit the earth folks...... Hunter numbers are down, so lets take away opportunity. Seems very logical. Take kids during youth season AND regular season, ever think of that? Of course you didn't. I am sure the kids are to blame for you not being able to harvest a wild animal in the last 15 years......
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I've taken youngsters and unlicensed adults(unarmed) with me for years to teach them to hunt turkeys. When I was guiding had a guy come clear from Alaska to pot a big tom north of the Casino on a filmed hunt.
The Friday date for youth allows them to hunt because many schools(students) get out early Fridays. They should be in school the rest of the week. Nothing can satisfy everyone. Actually, I'd prefer that the turkey season would open April 6 for first season. Less vegetation, gobblers not hened up yet, cooler temps, no mushroom hunters, Makes 4th season better, less bugs, sell more 4th season licenses.
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Has anyone heard an explanation for the change ? And an explanation as to why they would open youth season on a Friday.
Youth licenses used to be good for 9 days. They're now good for 40ish.

This is more opportunity for kids, not less. And is considerably better for the birds.
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Thanks for pointing that out Gude and that is a very good point.
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Youth licenses used to be good for 9 days. They're now good for 40ish.

This is more opportunity for kids, not less. And is considerably better for the birds.
The youth tag has been good for all seasons for at least the past two years, I don't follow youth math. Looks like they lost 6 days.
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The youth tag has been good for all seasons for at least the past two years, I don't follow youth math. Looks like they lost 6 days.
Correct. This change should have been made when the youth tag was valid all 4 seasons.
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Gude, was that you that hunted ducks with me back in the timber at Chichaqua many years ago? If so, you can't believe how many youth have harvested Toms out of that duck blind over the years.
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