Yeah, I told my Dad he needs to participate. He was sitting in his treestand last year during deer season when a group of about 20 birds waddled through the orchard he was in, and hopped up into a tree 50 yards away to roost.
And go figure, he still has never turkey hunted. I tell him every year he should go out, since he knows where they are, and has permission at some other farms. He still says he's too busy coaching softball in the spring to go, and there is no fall season.
I like the idea. here in Colorado with units that have very few permits something like that could give a lot better idea on how far they have spread out and how many are really around. Much better than just harvest data alone.
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...