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Wild turkey habitat help- any of you doing this?
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Mike D.    Posted 09-24-2002 at 08:51:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
The National Wild Turkey Federation has a program for woodlot habitat improvement to assit landowners in improving their woodlots to support and increase gangs of wild turkeys. If you qualify for the certifcate program they help you with the technical info and discount feed plot seeds, etc.

Nice to see turkeys. I posted a picture awhile ago entitled 'Turkeys in the front'. With farms getting broken up and housing going up along all the roadfronts it may be all the more important to help these critters along when and where we can. In the 18 years we've owned our place all but 2 of our neighborhood farms have been sold off and broken up.

How about letting us know what you have done that has worked with the wildlife on your place?

Take care-
Mike



scooterhead    Posted 09-25-2002 at 02:53:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do a search on wild turkeys and you`ll learn everything you want to know . Check your local clubs , you can get the seed for free and you wont have strangers snoopin around tellin ya what to do with your own place . When it comes to food plots it takes a big area , a garden size spot wont make it to maturity , everything is gona be eattin it .


M. D. you won't get strangers snooping -Scooterhead    Posted 09-25-2002 at 07:59:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Scooterhead-

The N.W.T.F. certificate program does not require any outsiders snooping on your land. Nor does it require you to open your woodland to hunters associated to the N.W.T.F. Heck, they don't even come out to your place if you don't want them. Check out the program for yourself. I've done the searches. I have put in feed plots throughout our farm over the years. Whitetail deer range an area of 600 - 700 acres and tend to gravitate to plots that are multi-cropped. They eat the devil out of clover/wheat/rye/ mix. I like to maintain feed plots for a number of reasons, but I won't go into that now.

As for feed plot size, there are differing opinions. In 'Extension Wildlife Scientist'
you can read:

"In general it is better to have a larger number of well distributed small plots than a small number of larger ones."

It is suggested that the ideal size for a single plot is 1-3 acres.

The reason I posted the question about feed plots was to see what experiences others have had with theirs, and likewise, to generate some exchange about what has worked for them, and what doesn't work. Some folks plant flowers, I plant feed plots: and with some success.


Kansas Kid    Posted 09-24-2002 at 18:29:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
We must have natural habitat for them in Kansas because they seem to be doing really well here. Most farmers are not to proud of them if you get a small group of 25-30 birds in your field that many can destroy a lot. Seen several groups probably up to or maybe even over 100 birds in one bunch.


Ron/PA    Posted 09-24-2002 at 09:04:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mike what you call habitat, we call crop damage!!(ok just kidding)
Here's what we do, all of our fields have a buffer zone, what ever we plant there does not get harvested until spring. For instance if we have corn in a field we will let the outside 10-15 rows stand through the winter. The deer usually move into the center of the field and destroy that corn, and the outside dries and the turkeys eat that over the winter.
As for the woodland uses, all our turkeys do is roost there, they brood in our hay fields, and that is a royal pain come time to bale hay. If you mow over a nest of eggs the hen is done, so when we mow, if we see a hen leave an area, we leave a very wide swath for her to nest in.
It makes for very ugly fields, and a real pain, not to mention the cost but we have so many turkeys around the farm that we have to screen off the corn cribs to keep them away.
Good Luck
Ron


Phil    Posted 09-24-2002 at 13:01:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ron, What part of PA are you in. I'm in SE York County and I have the same thing. In the past five years the turkey have multiplied enormously and no one around me is doing anything to encourage it (i.e. food plots, habitat, etc). I have them nesting in hay fields and it isn't uncommon for 10 - 15 of them to walk through my yard and then down the road or across the street to the neighbors.


Ron/PA    Posted 09-25-2002 at 07:40:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Phil, Head straight up the susquehanna until you get to Sunbury, at the split of the north and west branch. Stand at the point of the split and yell my name, and no less than 100 people will come out and throw rocks at you.
Ron


M.D. now I get it.    Posted 09-24-2002 at 09:57:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
It ain't what I call habitat... them wildlife biologists seem to do that. I never heard of no turkey nesting in a hay field. Maybe our Virginia birds got something on them yankee birds. Our birds lay in spots that the Deere can't find. :~) Feed plots, now that is a differant matter.
Bet you got some pretty deer up there. I drove through Washington County Pa. back a few years ago. Counted 37 road kill deer in an hour & half.
Ya'll must plant your feed plots on them median strips. That so?


Ron/PA    Posted 09-25-2002 at 06:55:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
MD, Now wait just a minute, I can take alot but calling our turkeys dumb AND mentioning the big green monster in the same post is more than I can stand!!!
You better check your hayfields in the spring, right before 1st cutting, of course down there you may be a couple weeks ahead of us.
The best way to check is to ride out on a tractor and look, but if you plan on riding a Deere, you might have to walk home,,,,, sorry I hadda do it.
Ron


M.D. What no deeres up there?    Posted 09-25-2002 at 08:56:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Holy Smokes Ron,
I thought all them turkeys up there in Pa. had deeres. Opps, I did it again, sorry.

No turkeys with deere in our hay fields, cept two in the neighborhood. One is a retired airline pilot, and the other owns the local propane distribution outfit.

We don't have the green tractor ourselves, we own 2 orphans. I can't even print the name here on the site cause Kim will ban me.

If you ever get down to these parts we'll chase a bird or two out into the field to make you feel at home, and we'll pull start our tractor and let you run out to see the nests we'll fashion for you. There is a reason why folks are fond of southern hospitality.




June in SD    Posted 09-24-2002 at 10:28:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Now, if you live in WY, you know the deer aren't too smart. The Antelope have figured out that it is safer on the fenced in range. The deer get out there and play between the fence and the road. It seems the deer heard that you aren't supposed to shoot from the car or truck and figure they're safe. If you find one recently killed with a head hit, take it home, and dress it out. If it's a body even the dogs won't eat it. all kinds of nasty things were ruptured.


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