There is some good news for turkey hunters. The drought relented in 2012, producing a mini population boom and sowing optimism in hunting circles that turkey populations are on the upswing.
"We're seeing about 50 times more jakes than long beards," said Ray Henard of SaltFork Hunts in Wellington, Texas.
That, added Lightfoot, "should bode well for next year's outlook."
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