In eastern co. the turkeys are limited to basically the river bottoms and there isn't alot of area so if they were otc there would be an army out there. There are lots of areas in the mountains that are otc but the turkeys are hard to find and have much more habitat. We can have one otc license and 2 if you draw a second one. The public areas out east are limited so they manage the hunters through the draw.
At least in my area there are far fewer turkeys the higher in elevation that you go. I'm at about 6500 ft. About ten years ago or so they began with 10 tags in the spring and i think now they are up to 30, so at least here it is a population issue.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...