Estimates suggest that about 70,000 wild turkeys live in southern Ontario. At least 40 or 50 are fighting back, a month now after the spring turkey season closed there in May.
According to The Toronto Sun, wild turkeys are attacking Ontario drivers. Barrie city councillor John Brassard fears residents may come to possible harm if it continues. Why? His vehicle was a recent target. From the article:
“They attacked my car,” he said. “I stopped, honked my horn, but they started pecking at the grill."
Some guys had a great spring turkey season. Some called it their worst ever. News from around the country supports some of the latter opinion. What's yours?
The Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources (WDNR) tells the Strut Zone: "Preliminary estimates show that Wisconsin hunters registered 40,103 turkeys during the 2011 spring turkey season. A total of 210,059 permits were issued for the spring hunt, according to licensing officials."
To some of us, 40K is a pretty big number, but in Wisconsin, that's a 16 percent decrease from the 2010 harvest of 47,722 birds. Is weather to blame?
So here's the question: If this hen (she's a bearded hen, by the way) was sitting on her nest incubating eggs 28 days ago, then who were those gobblers hanging out with? Seems like the toms were henned up right up to the end of the season.