Turkeys in the News

Georgia: Turkey hunters across the state are dusting off their calls in preparation for another exciting turkey season. Opening day is Saturday, Mar. 22 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) anticipates another enjoyable season. Overall, the state's turkey population is good but in need of a few years of better reproduction and more of an emphasis on good brooding and nesting habitat across the landscape—TheCitizen.com

Indiana: “If you put corn or sunflower seeds out for turkeys, you’ve set the table for a potential nuisance problem,” explained Indiana research biologist Steve Backs. “Your good intentions can create major problems for you and your neighbors.”

Once turkeys are comfortable with the environment, they will roost on cars and lawn furniture, leaving behind messy droppings. If that’s not enough, their spurs are sharp and their feet carry grit, capable of causing significant damage to car roofs and hoods.

"To them, that car is nothing more than a colored rock," Backs said.—SouthBendTribune.com

Tennessee: A bird with a brain the size of a walnut makes a fool out of my buddies and me every spring.We love it.
The very fact that idiots like us can pursue the wild turkey in the first place is a testament to scientific game management and luck.—Sam Venable, knoxnews.com

Missouri: Landowners in some parts of northern Missouri report many fewer wild turkeys than they are used to seeing at this time of year. The state's top turkey biologist says the phenomenon is real, and likely is related to weather and the transition from an expanding turkey population to a stable one.—infozine.com

Pennsylvania: There is a big change in spring gobbler hunting season this year that relates to safety. The change is that hunters no longer are required to wear blaze orange while on the move. The reason largely was prompted by the National Wild Turkey Federation, which pointed out that hunter orange might not improve safety and, in fact, might work in reverse because the orange color is similar to the color of a gobbler head.—goerie.com