Turkey are back.

Turkey are back.

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    Turkey are back.

    The turkey have moved back to our side of the ridge for the summer and have been putting on a show. Several poults not in the pic.

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    I don’t know much about turkeys but I have noticed that they move to different places different places different times of the year is this just a breeding and nesting habit
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwaynem View Post
    I don’t know much about turkeys but I have noticed that they move to different places different places different times of the year is this just a breeding and nesting habit
    Both but also food and as of recently flood waters will push them away.
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    This flock spends every summer on our side of the ridge, and winters on the eastern side. During the spring breeding season the hens nest on our side because they get evening sun from the west to keep the eggs warm while they go out to eat. When the poults hatch they disappear again for about a month and come June the entire flock shows up back on us where they spend the summer.
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    Two of the places that I turkey hunt are completely void of turkey during the year except for March and April and sometimes a couple weeks in May. One flock stays about 1 mile away, and other almost 2 miles.
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    Momma and babies out for a stroll this afternoon in our yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennishoddy View Post
    Momma and babies out for a stroll this afternoon in our yard.

    So good to see some babies survived all the water. They have a tough enough time reaching maturity anyway. Usually this time of year when we first see them there will be 10 to 15 chicks and by late summer there will be 3 to 5 with the hen. It doesn't look good up here as far as the hatch went. Lots of hens wandering around as if they were lost. Majority of their nesting grounds were flooded. Haven't seen a poult yet this yeae

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    These are the second group of poults. The first group the other day had three about a mile away.
    We have single hens wandering around as well.
    We used to have big groups of poults in the summers but are smaller now more than likely from predators. When I mow, I see broken eggs in the spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennishoddy View Post
    These are the second group of poults. The first group the other day had three about a mile away.
    We have single hens wandering around as well.
    We used to have big groups of poults in the summers but are smaller now more than likely from predators. When I mow, I see broken eggs in the spring.
    See many feral housecats there around you? They play hell on quail, babies turkeys and anything else they can eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murphranch View Post
    See many feral housecats there around you? They play hell on quail, babies turkeys and anything else they can eat.

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    We have one neighbor that is 275 yards away with a cat. I don't doubt the cat is part of the issue. We have a major issue with coons and possums though. I trapped 14 coons off our front porch one year that were feeding off the wife's bird feeders.
    Told wife I "relocated them" .
    Think I got 5 coons this winter in the trap, and saw a couple young ones in the yard a few weeks ago. Being this close to the river, I'll never even be able to control them as the neighbors ranches on the North and the South don't allow trapping or hunting of any sort. Corporate property to the West doesn't either.
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