Feeding Winter Turkeys

In some states it's discouraged. In others, it's encouraged, or at least permitted during a regulated time period.

I was raised and first turkey hunted in the Allegheny foothills, technically Appalachia, a fact I'm proud of. One of my earliest memories growing up in north-central Pennsylvania's turkey country was of a big winter flock running up a side hill. My dad had shot the little home movie. The birds had been visiting a wire feeder holding corn, a common sight in my youth. By spring the gobblers and hens would disperse.

What's your opinion about feeding winter wild turkeys? Is it legal in your state? If so, why? If not, why not?

Want some more opinions?

Many thanks also to Strut Zoner "Ridgerunner55" for sending us the lead photo of a winter longbeard, taken this month.