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Turkeys vs Upland Birds

Postby Force Fetch » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:56 am

I got in to a discussion at the gun club last night that still has me wondering. Before I went to shoot I was training some dogs in a field I have trained in for twenty years, and lo and behold there was a hen turkey. I thought it was kind of cool to see this bird in an area that I had never seen one before. One old boy at the club said,"you should have shot it they are tough on the rest of the upland birds, huns,pheasants,sharpies." With the past few very hard long winters and a long period of drought our upland birds have suffered, but I never thought that turkeys would also contribute to the decline in these birds.
My question is, is there any truth to his statment about turkeys nest raiding other bird nests?
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PS The guy that made the statment is usually not one to spout off like that.
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Re: Turkeys vs Upland Birds

Postby apexhunter » Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:05 pm

Being herbivores and insect eaters turkeys will not raid nests of other upland species as there is no benefit for them to do so. Other than that, what your friend suggested is illegal as only male or bearded turkeys can be legally killed.
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Re: Turkeys vs Upland Birds

Postby Force Fetch » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:29 am

Thank you for the insight. I know nothing about turkeys other than you usually have to eat them once a year and that is enough. It didn't sound right to me so I had to ask.
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Re: Turkeys vs Upland Birds

Postby goodkarmarising » Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:47 am

sounds like an urban myth to me...the long hard winters and droughts would have more to do with it than a supposed turkey raidin the nest.
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Re: Turkeys vs Upland Birds

Postby lumpy2181 » Mon May 03, 2010 2:40 pm

Wait one minute there GKR. What if they have these turkeys there...? :hammer:
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Re: Turkeys vs Upland Birds

Postby Jarbo03 » Wed May 05, 2010 10:35 pm

I would say that the turkeys are not hurting the upland population. Poor habitat is normally the main reason for these declines.
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Re: Turkeys vs Upland Birds

Postby wingcutter » Thu May 06, 2010 9:19 am

Turkeys may not raid nests, but they will directly compete for resources (food, habitat etc.), and can thus impact other upland game that way.

It is not always illegal to kill hen turkeys, we have an "either sex" season out here
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