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Anyone has Wild Turkey?
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Jimbob    Posted 02-24-2003 at 21:59:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a lot of wild turkey around here in Michigan. So many that they stop more traffic than anything else. These turkeys are fairly bold if in large numbers- mabby 50 or 100.
I once stopped the car & got out. Some turkeys started pecking at the shiney chrome bumper. I spent a few minutes with them, then actually reach down & picked one up. It was fussing a little, but not going crazy. Wierdest thing was its white neck changed to a light blue. Then I noticed all the turkeys necks turned a light blue. Anyone ever seen anything like this 'blue neck' thing?


Alvin NE WI    Posted 02-25-2003 at 19:11:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yah, we got the d$$ things here to. way too many. They do more damage than the deer, and can do a good job on the car also.


Jim (Mi)    Posted 02-25-2003 at 10:36:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
My sister has em in the field across from her house in RICHMOND Mi of all places. They are moving South on us. I used to hunt em up in atlanta Mi. Their necks are Red or Blue depending on Season. Turkey's get real dumb in Fall.


Jimbob    Posted 02-25-2003 at 18:37:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Richman is interesting as surrounded by large, tough cities, yet like in the middle of nowhere.


RayP(MI)    Posted 02-25-2003 at 08:49:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're right, LOOOOOOTS a turkeys! Darn few pheasants and anyone can go in and get a small game license, and shoot them. Turkeys - you gotta go through a lottery, and hope you get a permit to hunt. Explain that to me. We've a heard of probably 200 of 'em within a couple of miles of us here. Farmer there says they can destroy a field of corn or grain worse'n a flock of deer! Another case of the DNR improving our livelihood, and enviornment. Darn fool turkeys don't come over here to my farm very much, so my hunting 'em isn't likely to be profitable. Oh, yes, the head color will change with their moods, emotions, etc. A Tom will go bright red in certain mating stances!


Jimbob    Posted 02-25-2003 at 18:35:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pheasents were gone for years, but they have come back. Not too many though!


Ludwig    Posted 02-25-2003 at 08:01:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most of the fall we had a group of 'em that walked down between the apartment buildings every morning and back up the hill every afternoon. Haven't seen them since the snow got deeper than they are tall...


Jim in Michigan    Posted 02-25-2003 at 07:36:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You must be in the Lower penn,,, not many Turkies up here in Da U.P ,,,some have been raised and turned loose by folks around here though,,we have roughly 65 in the 3 groups here now,, but the DNR says they arent wild turkeys, that they are "yard birds" since they were raised and released by farmers. SO when we want turkey we shoot one,, same with everyone on the road I live on, we all feed them and some of us even have coops they can use at night,usually the neck is blue on the tom when he is puffed up,,Jim


Jimbob    Posted 02-25-2003 at 18:36:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, lower Penn. by Houghton Lake, MI


Jim in Michigan    Posted 02-26-2003 at 05:48:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thats what I figured,, DNR here wants anyone who sees turkies to notify them as to where and how many,,they want to start a season, but no one around wants that to happen until they get more populated, although almost every farmer here would like them to start a season on the Wolves. Lots of lost animals here from them. I myself have lost several sheep and goats and all 200 of my chickens to them,,,Jim


Okie-Dokie    Posted 02-25-2003 at 06:59:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you sure they are truely wild? Could they have got loose from someone who raises them? As tame as they are, that may be the reason. I have noticed that some turkeys have blue necks and some red, but I didn't know they changed colors. Pretty interesting!


Jimbob    Posted 02-25-2003 at 18:34:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
No one could release 1000s of turkeys- however it is odd I could pick one up with my hands. I small groups of 7 to 10, you can't get near one. Also, these can fly about 30 feet in the air & a good 500+ feet away. City folks do not think they can fly- I worked with a bunch of them who did not believe it.


Good program offered-    Posted 02-25-2003 at 05:24:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
The National Wild Turkey Federation has a program for landowners that have a 10 or more acres that they can place into a management area.

This organization is doing right by wild turkeys.
They offer a goodly amount of help if you would like to grow your flock.
www.nwtf.org

Just a thought- Mike D.


Donna from Mo    Posted 02-25-2003 at 03:45:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have lots of wild turkeys here; I've surprised groups of 10 to 20 of them, out in our pasture at the edge of the woods. One time while picking blackberries, I scared a hen turkey who took off in flight and left her little baby at my feet. I'm sure she came back after it, once I left. Our wild turkeys are not tame. You can't get near them.


Randy    Posted 02-25-2003 at 03:33:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in CT we have a bunch of them also. The guy I work for next door puts out feed for them. Then wonders why the grass doesn't grow there!


Tom A    Posted 02-25-2003 at 02:27:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have small numbers of wild turkeys here in west Maryland, nothing like the "herds" it sounds like you have.

As for turning colors, our Bourbon Red turkey gobbler--an old old farm breed that I imagine is not too distant from wild ones--turns blue whenever he is upset. This will be when something out of the ordinary happens, like visitors tromping around the place or if he thinks I'm chasing him or whatever. He actually turns several different colors and shades depending on what is going on around him...darndest thing!

Tom


Salmoneye    Posted 02-25-2003 at 02:05:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Head over to my Aunts house...Sit in the big window with a cup of coffee for a while and you will see a flock of 50+ birds...Maybe a few deer and some Mallards too...

She feeds em all winter...


Duey (IA)    Posted 02-24-2003 at 22:26:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Mama turkey watching me


Duey (IA)    Posted 02-24-2003 at 22:20:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Had these all summer.


Cindi    Posted 02-25-2003 at 03:29:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have them all over Fl right now, but next month you won't be able to find one with binoculars....turkey season starts!


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