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Wild Turkeys

Postby crop hail » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:03 am

The Turkeys have made their annual voyage back to our country for the spring and summer months. They usually show up this time of year but leave in the fall. We never see them later in the year than about August or September. Why do they leave? The San Saba river is about 2 miles from our place as a crow flies and there are lots of big pecan trees and huge orchards along it and I wonder if they stay down on the river in the fall and winter (eating pecans?) and come up to our country in the spring and summer to breed and nest. We have plenty of water around ( Stock Tanks ) and tall live oak trees for them to roost in and in the fall and winter all of the deer feeders are going putting out corn so its not a food or water issue.
Im not really a turkey hunter, I have shot 1 turkey in my life when I was a kid. I do think that they are cool to have around though and my little boy might want to shoot one in a few years.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:08 am

I see the same behavior, My theory-------They like my place when there is cover.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby True Grit Farms » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:11 am

I like turkeys till it's planting season.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby callmefence » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:21 am

I figure that their just more spread out and visible in spring. In the summer and fall they get in pretty big tight groups.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby TexasBred » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:29 pm

I have a dozen hens and 2 toms that started showing up 2-3 weeks ago. Hadn't seen them since last fall. Old toms were strutting when I saw them yesterday.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby Brute 23 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:16 pm

We have turkeys out the wazoo. This past 2 weeks the gobblers have been working the hens. You have to shoo them out of the road to get any where.

I like seeing all the turkeys. The old timers here claim its good to have large turkey flocks. They control the bugs like grasshoppers, army worms, etc.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby Black and Good » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:19 am

In late fall and winter they start getting into big flocks and food sources move them pretty good distances. Then in the spring as breeding season approaches they start breaking up. With everything greening up and bugs, frogs etc. coming out, food is everywhere. B&G
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby Jogeephus » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:50 am

Had a blast turkey hunting this morning. Ended up killing this gobbler but the real fun came later when I hunted another one. We played cat and mouse for over an hour. He won but it was fun trying to get him in range.

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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby Black and Good » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:18 pm

Congrats Joegee! It'll be on here in a few days. B&G
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby Jogeephus » Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:25 pm

Thanks and good luck. Its a fun sport.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby Bigfoot » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:52 am

The boy killed this one this morning. Good hunt.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby Bright Raven » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:55 am

Bigfoot wrote:The boy killed this one this morning. Good hunt.
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Nice. Great gun for a youngster.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby Bigfoot » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:31 am

Bright Raven wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:The boy killed this one this morning. Good hunt.
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Nice. Great gun for a youngster.


He's got a pretty neat little youth pump. He's gotten to where he prefers the old double barrel for turkeys.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby Jogeephus » Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:42 pm

Good job. I grew up shooting a side by side and I still like them.
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Re: Wild Turkeys

Postby shaneb » Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:54 pm

Congrats to him Bigfoot. To give some thought on the original post, Most turkeys have a spring summer pattern for breeding/nesting and then go into their fall winter pattern. It is mostly about available foods and habitat for nesting/ breeding. Thats why they move. If a property has both then you will keep them. Some large properties around our state have both types of habitat for them mixed together so they dont see the migration so to speak. Some properties hold turkeys all winter but have none come turkey season(spring) and some folks around here just cannot grasp that. lol
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