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Re: Turkeys
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2018, 04:22:28 PM »
Them itty bitty turkeys can not only fly, they can run faster than a guy thinks they can with them short legs.
I watched a turkey nest for a couple of weeks in a brushpile. I had intentions of catching one or two as soon as they hatched, but one morning all there was left was a whole bunch of feathers, yotes had found her.

We (the family) has a ranch in the mountains up in Northern New Mexico, and turkeys will fly from one mountain across the valley to the other, it is probably at least a mile and a half. That is the farthest I have ever seen or even heard of them flying.
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Re: Turkeys
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2018, 05:42:18 PM »
   I guess how far they fly depends largely on their elevation when they started. They mostly glide - jump up and fly a few strokes or jump off a limb, flop a few licks then lock their wings. Quail do largely the same thing. 

   Many years ago we had a Fall season and my son roosted "3 big gobblers" according to him on a ridge. He could almost show me the exact tree they were in on an aerial photo we had from the US survey folks. I got up the next morning and sneaked up under the tree till till I heard one cluck. I sat down till it got daylight and ambushed it off the roost. It fell then locked its wings and glided a good 350 yards or more down the valley then fell dead within 30' of my neighbors well/pump house. Fortunately it followed the curve of the draw or I'd never have found it. 
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Re: Turkeys
« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2018, 09:23:30 AM »
The hens are loud now in the AM hear a few gobblers

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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2018, 10:15:19 AM »
I live in Union County North Carolina near Charlotte.  Our home butts up to a large wooded area with a field on the other side.  I have not seen a turkey in the 10 years we have lived here until yesterday when a hen took flight just off of my walking trail though the woods.

I suspect if there is one turkey there will be more around somewhere.  I do hope so.
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2018, 06:17:59 PM »
  Glad you spotted the turkey hen. Good luck on seeing more of them.

   My flock is still coming in. Wife took picture a few days ago and definitely identified at least one was a jake with a small beard. They sometimes fly in from the hillside across the road (my neighbor's pasture) and land in the yard then run the fenceline till they find and open area at or under the gate they can pass through. If we push them they will fly but they prefer to run.
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Re: Turkeys
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2018, 08:57:04 PM »
 Did you say "Turkeys?"



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« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2018, 02:46:55 AM »
Seen 30 or so yesterday afternoon around 4pm right after an all day rain.

I checked my trail cameras on public ground. I had 5-6 walking around in the afternoons.

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« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2018, 03:35:18 PM »
  Just had a handful of hens come down with at least one big gobbler in the group. He was strutting from time to time and had a beard dragging the ground when he walked.

That's the big guys beard touching the ground.

Strutting again. My wife can't remember the term strut and always says "He fuzzed out."
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« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2018, 06:06:42 PM »
  Oh yeah, one other thing my wife noted and I noted it again today - we have a big fox squirrel who tags along with the flock of turkeys. Evidently they are scratching up something he likes too. It is happening too often to be an accident. He is deliberately hanging out with them.
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« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2018, 09:09:01 AM »
That old squirrel has learned a trick.  I regularly see deer and turkeys together.  Maybe they both know where the good food source (acorns) are or one is uncovering for the other?  Maybe it is the security of more eyes watching for danger?  Maybe they all grew up together and are friends?  I have watched both sorta playfully chase the other.
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« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2018, 11:32:57 AM »
Fuzzed out ! :D :D :D That works for me, I am ready also just a few more weeks
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« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2018, 02:18:19 PM »
I had a Daughter with me turkey hunting and she said, "that one is pumped up".  :o  :D
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« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2018, 07:37:36 PM »
   We saw neat animal associations in Africa. Impala liked to hang out with Baboons who were among the most alert animals out there. Very hard to sneak up on a troop of baboons. Old bulls of different species who had been kicked out of the herd would hang out together. Common to see an old bull elephant with old bull rhino and old bull giraffe and a old bull cape buffalo. Companionship and safety for all and no competing for same foods in most cases. I saw an old bull Blue Wildebeest hanging out with 50-60 impala fawns on a trip to Kruger Nat'l Park in S. Africa. I nicknamed him Uncle Remus.

    A little off topic but I became less opposed to trophy hunting there. Not for me but very wealthy hunters come over from Europe and USA and such and would spend tons of money to go shoot a big old lion or cape buffalo or elephant or such. Hundreds of thousands of dollars would be spent into the local economy for a single animal. The trophies these guys wanted were typically already past their prime and no longer part of the breeding population anyway. They were neat for tourists like me to see and photograph but they were not going to add to the future population of their species. Younger, stronger herd bulls had already kicked them out and were maintaining the various animal harems. JMHO.
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« Reply #33 on: March 29, 2018, 07:09:57 AM »
Turkeys are strutting in the snow covered fields in this area, and have been heard gobbling in the woods now for a couple of weeks!
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« Reply #34 on: March 29, 2018, 08:27:18 AM »
   I was gone most all day yesterday and Becky said the hens came down and she looked up and saw 3 big gobblers in full strut prance all the way down the hillside to join the ladies. They had beards that looked like paintbrushes. She took several pictures for her files and such. In a couple you can see the bright red head on him as he was really excited.
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« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2018, 03:04:01 PM »
My brother sees a few up in the trees once in awhile. Roosting like chickens. ;D I have not laid eyes on one for weeks, just not lucky. ;)

I've been observing the robins returning to the north.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #36 on: March 29, 2018, 08:16:09 PM »
   We have had plenty of robins last few weeks. Ground is so wet the worms are drowning and all the birds are feasting. I took ATV up with a bale of hay and spotted a couple of squirrels and one chipmunk in the field then saw a big gobbler inside the fence running the fence line. He ran back and forth several times before he finally flew. I may have to start taking a gun with me when our season opens next month.
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« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2018, 07:43:28 AM »
We have been seeing Turkeys for a few years now. Being from N/W Wisconsin it's a new thing. I'm 57 & never seen any years ago. But we did have some mild winters lately.

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« Reply #38 on: April 03, 2018, 11:51:39 AM »
Ones we get here were introduced into Maine. We never had turkey here before. Old guides would have written about them. All they mentioned here was bear, moose, caribou, grouse and salmon. Not even white tail deer here before 1910 or later. ;D

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« Reply #39 on: April 15, 2018, 08:15:40 AM »
Ones we get here were introduced into Maine. We never had turkey here before. Old guides would have written about them. All they mentioned here was bear, moose, caribou, grouse and salmon. Not even white tail deer here before 1910 or later. ;D
Swampdonkey although I have seen several turkeys when travelling or working in your area over the past few years I had not seen any in this region until just the other day.  There was 5 just down the road from my place.  They seem to be expanding there range every year.
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