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« on: March 01, 2018, 06:28:32 PM »
   All our wet weather is washing up plenty of worms and the turkeys are feasting on them. We have a flock that comes down almost every day. Today they came twice. As far as I can tell these are all hens and maybe a few jakes mixed in. There are no big gobblers in the bunch yet - they are still off in bachelor groups but will be chasing hens pretty soon especially if we get a few more warm days.

 They are hard to count when there are very many of them because they are
always running around, lining up, heads up, heads down, behind stumps, etc. I counted at least 27 in this bunch. There could be more.


They spotted our movement in the house here and lined up to leave. See how they are all facing the same direction. 

Turkeys on the hillside in the pasture just before sunset. Yellow object is the horse further up the hill. The mule is with him

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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2018, 06:44:00 PM »
are turkeys are gobbling a little here already 

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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2018, 08:48:44 PM »
   I have not heard them gobble yet but they probably did last week when we had a break in the rain for 1-2 days and temps got up in the high 70's. They will be shaking the hollers as soon as/if it quits raining.

   I was on our local COE lake fishing a few years back and we had a thunderstorm coming and every time we'd get a clap of thunder that would shock them into gobbling and it sounded like there was one up every holler (Hollow or draw between two ridges to any less edymucated readers).
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2018, 09:08:11 PM »
I haven't seen any this winter. Normally see a group of them picking in the field. Back a few years ago it was nothing to see a big group of 50-100 of them. There was rumors the conservation netted them and traded them for rattle snakes.
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2018, 09:36:11 PM »
Kwill,

  I thought only WV hillbillies were that gullible. :D I've been hearing that same tail tale about our DNR here trading turkeys for rattlesnakes for nearly 28 years since we first moved here. The tales even include the rattlesnakes being parachuted into remote areas. I haven't figured out how they would strap him in so he could still release himself when he landed. ???
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2018, 09:46:28 PM »
I doubt it happened, but sure wouldn't put it past our government to try it, or even spend a million bucks a piece for a self releasing parachute.
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2018, 10:40:46 PM »
Kwill,

  I thought only WV hillbillies were that gullible. :D I've been hearing that same tail tale about our DNR here trading turkeys for rattlesnakes for nearly 28 years since we first moved here. The tales even include the rattlesnakes being parachuted into remote areas. I haven't figured out how they would strap him in so he could still release himself when he landed. ???
My grandma was from west virginia. Deepwater wv actually. Something sure happened to our  turkeys. Don't see hardly any anymore.
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2018, 11:00:19 PM »
   Google seems to think Deep Water WV is about 66 miles away. Shows it over between Fayetteville and Charleston.

    The last 2 years we have had pretty mild winters and good mast crops and the turkeys seem to be doing real well. I like to hunt them but am not very good at it. Most of them I killed I ambushed or lucked up on them. Very few came to my calling. I get more foxes and bobcats and such coming thinking I am a sick or dying turkey hen. Not a real confidence builder but its fun to be out in the woods with them and see the creative ways they outwit me. :D
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2018, 11:15:08 PM »
  Google seems to think Deep Water WV is about 66 miles away. Shows it over between Fayetteville and Charleston.

    
That sounds right. I've been there 3 times visiting relatives when I was younger. I think there was a town called Montgomery close by. And I remember her talking about some place called swiss.
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2018, 11:32:26 PM »
  Yep, map shows Montgomery just a few miles away on the route to Charleston. Swiss looks to be about 15 miles away as if you were heading toward's Fayetteville. 

   Fayetteville is where we had the world's longest single arch bridge till somebody built a longer one a few years ago. They have Bridge Day about 3rd Saturday of October every year and shut off 2 lanes of Hwy 19 and let people jump off and parachute, hang glide and bungee jump over/into the river below. Draw a big and international crowd. My landlord in Norway FIL had come over to jump off the bridge. My mother raised a smarter child than that.
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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2018, 11:45:13 PM »
Yeah I've been across that bridge. Have you been to Hawks nest state park?
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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2018, 11:52:36 PM »
 

 got this while in west Virginia.
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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2018, 11:53:43 PM »
Hard to tell from the pic but it was the 13 annual in 1983
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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2018, 01:29:39 AM »
For some strange reason, turkeys are the only game meat I like that I have never had the urge to kill, and I have had plenty of oppurtunities. I can spend hours watching them though.

One year when I was camped down in the capitans cutting firewood (starving) a huge flock of turkeys would come off the mountain right by my camp every morning just as the sun was coming up. for some reason I just liked watching them.
One evening late I was cruising a new area that I was going to cut and was a half mile or so from my pickup when it got full dark onme, walking through the woods probably daydreaming, I walked under a roost tree and scared the flock off the tree, I about had to change my shorts, it took a minute to figure out a couple of dozen apache helicopters had not just took flight.
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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2018, 06:08:48 AM »
Turkeys have only been around here for 10-15 years.
I saw them for years about 45 minutes to an hour from me for years. Seem like most times I saw them they was in a single line,10-20 to a flock. Than I saw one about 10 minutes from me one year. The next year they was in my fields. I saw them in my fields with chicks. I grabbed the camera and went down to take a picture of them. I wanted to get close to them,so I tried to walk up closer. All at once they flew off and landed in the trees at the edge of the field,abou 500 feet away. I had no idea they could fly. I always saw them driving and thought they walked and could only fly a little ways. ::)
I have never saw one in a tree roosting. I have never even see where they do roost. I would think their would be some droppings in that area.
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Kwill,

   I don't think I have been to Hawks Nest State Park but my photographer wife has been several times. We also occasionally go to Badcock State where the old mill is. She even has pictures of the mill in a snow storm.

Starmac,

   Been there, done that. Mess around waiting till dark deer hunting then walk out under a roost and turkeys just explode out of there. Did you ever go back the next morning after you'd spooked a bunch? There will be turkeys putting and clucking seems like for miles as they get back together. I worked a project up in western PA and drove past a dead turkey hanging in the fork of a tall poplar tree. I always figured he got spooked and flew out at night and crashed into the fork breaking his neck.

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   Not long after we moved up here we rounded a bend in the mountain road and it was full of young turnkeys not much bigger than a bobwhite quail. I yelled at wife to stop and I jumped out and ran into them thinking I was going to catch several. They exploded all around me and flew off and when I got back in the truck the wife and kids were all laughing at me as apparently they all knew they could fly at that stage but I did not.
I doubt it happened, but sure wouldn't put it past our government to try it, or even spend a million bucks a piece for a self releasing parachute.
   Yeah, I can see some genius scientist designing a a parachute that releases as soon as it reaches sea level then dropping rattlesnakes all over the remote WV mountains (Where elevations are always 2,000' or more)

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« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2018, 09:29:55 AM »
Probably a lot like grouse, the chicks can fly almost as soon as they get dried off from hatching. Well, maybe not that quick, but I see little chicks fly quite soon after the nesting time. ;D

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« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2018, 10:16:46 AM »
   Well, these just came by for their breakfast and just scratched and fed their way over the ridge in the woodline.

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   Yeah birds are neat. I've watched baby quail turn over under a leaf and hide when too small to fly.

   I have watched mother quail, killdeer, hen turkeys, ostriches, and even a big Ibis of some kind in Mongolia run around crying and doing a broken wing act to try to draw me away from their nest or young that were still too young to fly. Nature at work is truly a wonder. 

   Its also fun to watch a mockingbird or blue jay chasing other birds, dogs, cats and people away from their nest or watch jays and crows attack hawks, owls or eagles. As I kid we saw mockingbirds chasing and pulling tail feathers out of crows all the time. The crows are bigger and stronger but not fast enough to catch the smaller, more agile birds.
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« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2018, 11:03:54 AM »
 Here just the last couple weeks I've been seeing quite a few turkeys. There are 2 flocks I see and there are usually up to a couple dozen in each of what looks like mostly hens in each.  
I have to watch for them as they like to burst out and fly low across the road as I'm driving through, I figure I could probably catch one if i roll my window down and one might glide right in. I've grabbed a live wild turkey before though and I don't think trying to wrestle one in the cab of my truck while driving would be too smart :D.  

I'll try to get a pic of the flock the next time I see them. :)
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« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2018, 11:37:15 AM »
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   Many people around here have run wild turkeys into a fence and caught one - just one. I never knew of anybody who tried to catch another. 

   Sort of like my uncle who blinded a half grown bobcat with his car lights on a dirt road one night and sneaked around and caught it. He never tried to catch another one. 
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