Skip to comments.People urged to keep away from any wild turkeys
Posted on 09/17/2012 4:38:29 PM PDT by don-o
After months of zero turkey activity, the feathered holiday animals have re-emerged and residents are urged to steer clear.
City Commissioner Clayton Stout said hes already responded to a wild turkey sighting in the Regions Bank parking lot, near the Towne Acres community and as wildlife commissioner, hes already made contact with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.
On Nov. 28, TWRA Officer Jeff Prater authorized the termination of two wild turkeys in the same Regions Bank location, which sparked a mixed debate on the fate of the birds.
This time around, Stout hopes to avoid that scenario altogether.
We didnt get into a lot of specifics as far as what (TWRA was) going to do, but bottom line is they were not going to do what they did in the past. There was going to be more of a concerted effort to relocate (the birds), he said. For me personally, I dont want to see what happened last time and Im just trying to work with the public and work with the wildlife agency as far as making sure that were in cooperation together.
They usually hang together, he said. When Ive seen a turkey, theres usually about six together.
As they become more visible, more people will probably start to call, he said. Its important that we dont feed them because that was the problem initially, was that the turkeys became way too comfortable with people. Right now, from what Im being told is these birds are ... wary of people. They try to stay away from people.
He suggests that nearby residents and citizens spotting the birds pay them the same courtesy.
One way the public can help is to keep us informed and also not to feed them, Stout said.
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Don’t have to warn me.
LOL, beat me to it!
One of them did $1000 damage to the front grill of my car (husband driving) a year or so ago when he ran out into the road on a suicide mission.
I have them all over the back acreage of my place. Friends in the more citified ares of this municipalty complain that they tear up their flower beds. “What do you expect?” I say, “You’re feeding them!”
"Don't go. I'm friendly, where are you going? Stop running! I got pie....!"
get out there with the bow. brine. fire up the ......
If you’re drivin down the highway at night, and feelin that wild turkey’s bite....
did that two legged creature just say 'gobble, gobble'?
That’s the spirit! Looking for a couple of Slow Joe, a Shelia J Lee and maybe a Hillary or two. Then there’s Pelosi, Barney’s Frank, Waxman... to infinity and beyond!!
Oh man.....I’d love to be in the police station for the morning briefing....
“Bob, have we had any unauthorized turkey activity?”
“No Sarge, but some pigeons have been pooping on the mayor’s car again.”
“Keep a sharp lookout for unauthorized turkey activity. And hey! Let’s all be safe out there.”
That Wild Turkey hurt me one time. I steer clear of that one.
Just tell the LEO’s they are funny looking dogs.
Lemme get my popcorn!
I truly don’t understand the problem here. Offer a bounty but let anybody who bags one keep the meat. Sounds like one of those win-win-win situations to me.
Paging Ted Nugent
Of course, that might be because there are no liberals here.
Oh wait... maybe that's because of the attack turkeys.
This area of the Florida Panhandle Had just about all the wild turkeys hunted out for the last 30 years or so. I do remember my Father killing a big tom the day before Christmas around 1960.
The state game dept. reintroduced them a few years ago and they have made a remarkable comeback. Twice in the last month or so, I have seen somewhere around 15 to maybe 25 in a group.
They all appeared to be hens to me but there must be toms around.
Didn't matter what it was so long as it was blue, and if you tried to pick up or touch his blue "object of affection" he would attack.
did a wild turkey bite your sister
I prefer Wild Turkey Rare Breed.
Luckily, I was able to duck under one (I was riding my Ducati at the time) who decided to take off from one side of the road for their roosting trees on the other side near dusk a couple of years ago. Scared the heck out of me. It missed me by a couple of feet, but I have no doubt that hitting it (either with my bike or body) would have been a very bad thing.
I like your turkey!!!!
Oh wait... maybe that's because of the attack turkeys.
In the words of Groucho Marx, "Your blended friend."
Last spring, my dog, Dubbers, found a nest of turkey eggs out in the woods somewhere. - She kept showing up at the house with her big old mouth just full of turkey eggs, which she took off and ate before I could stop her. - Nature, I guess.
wild turkeys are delicious!!!(God made them out of turkey meat!!!
OMG the obama jokes just write themselves don't they? Bad taste...must walk away.
ya....I spent all weekend trying to kill one of these things....
I live in central, rural Kentucky. Here we shoot and eat them. Lots of quality protein and VERY tasty.
I have the benefit of living on a small farm in a patch of about 9 acres of grass where nobody can see us. I can shoot turkey, deer, you name it, whenever I want.
I was driving back from band practice about an hour ago in the rain and hit a bunny the same time I saw a huge turkey just standing on the side of the road.
When we cut the hay here we sometimes come up on turkey nests. Apparently it is illegal to grab the eggs and have your chickens brood them.
Maybe you nailed why.
That’s a nice picture of Obama and Patrick Ewing!
Wild turkeys are part of our life in northern California. Some years ago we were showing Lake Tahoe to some friends from Chicago. We stopped at a table on the lake’s shore. Four turkeys saw us having lunch and decided to join us. As they came up to the table a large van loaded with people looking for a lunch spot pulled in and asked if we were about to leave. I said yes but they would have to give our friends something to eat. A lady in the group I think wanted to pull my/our leg(s) so she asked ‘Oh what are your friends names’. The question took me off guard for a couple of seconds. Then I responded by pointing at the geese in succession ‘that is Number One, that is Number Two, that is Number Three and that is Number Four.’ The entire bunch had a big laugh and I do believe the other group was feeding the birds by the numbers.
PBS did a story on raising wild turkeys:
Darn, can’t get the video to play.
The last house I lived in, the fellow who’s back yard butted up to mine...we would sometimes talk over the fence...He was in a club that set up and keep tract of the wild turkeys they let loose in Michigan. When I told him about the wild turkey I had on the farm, he said it might have been a domestic turkey that got loose from a farm...the turkeys they let loose are kept tract of and I think he said also genetics....there is a domestic turkey that looks just like the wild ones. The difference is noted in the edge of the tail feathers....I think he said the wild are edged in brown and the domestic was white...The wild turkey association doesn’t like the domestics that run loose, their offspring are not genetic 100% wild....
This is just a stab in the dark, (being over 20 years ago) but I think the one I ended up having was wild....not sure but the demestic one’s are called Russets....Royal Palm are totally white except for the edging on each feather is black..
There is a flock of wild turkeys close to where I live. A flock pass by the property next to our house about a month ago. My wife and I have occasionally seen them frolicking on the lawn of a house across the road from the woods where the birds must have their digs. My question: are the people who own the property the turkeys occasionally pass time on allowed to shoot or trap them if they’re on their property?
"Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful."
eet mor tir-kee
You never know about those darn turkeys
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