This has been such a beautiful day, can spring be far behind?’ Today, I’m going to begin a series on hunting turkey. However, I’d like to share a few words about the remarkable restoration of the turkey in the US.
In 1959, the total turkey estimate (in the US) was: 465,809. By 1990, the number of these graceful birds had risen to 3.5 million! According to Wikipedia, current turkey totals are over 7 million!
This revitalization of the wild turkey has come about because of hunters! Through their licenses, fees and excise taxes, turkeys have been trapped and released to new areas by state wildlife departments.
Turkeys are available for hunting in every state except Alaska! These beautiful fowl are available in at least 10 new states – places they did not originally live.
The Skinny on Turkeys
The Latin name is ‘Meleagris gallopavo’ and they have been in North America for thousands of years. The turkey has learned to thrive in a variety of habitats.
Originally, they lived out their lives in and around timber regions. However, they have learned to adapt to agricultural and even plains areas.
There are 5 Subspecies
Eastern turkey – has the largest numbers. They are available along the eastern coast from Maine to northern Florida, and as far west as Oklahoma.
Merriams – live in the western US.
Osceola – live only in Florida.
Rio Grande – reside mostly in Texas, but range as far north as Kansas and as far south as Mexico.
Gould’s Wild Turkey – lives mostly in central Mexico and some reside in New Mexico. BTW, each has unique characteristics that call for specific hunting techniques.
Turkey Behavior You Need to Understand; Preseason Ideas for the Turkey Hunter; and more!
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