It’s already been a long, long winter for our wild turkeys and I don’t have to tell you that it’s only half over.
With deep snows since the middle of November in many areas of northern Michigan, and bitter cold (down to -22 one memorable night) in January, with the ban on feeding deer which has many people afraid to
Despite every attempt to hold off until absolutely necessary, it became absolutely necessary for the Traverse Bay Chapter to open both their corn distribution sites (Gaylord and Charlevoix) on December 20, two weeks earlier than usual, and about a month earlier than we can afford after spending an incredible $17,000 feeding approximately 10,000 birds in five different counties last winter.
The spring of ’08 was pretty good for most of us, in terms of the spring hunt. I think a fair number of us bagged birds and some great memories to go along with that turkey dinner. But if the winter of 08-09 is anything like last winter, the future of the wild turkey is very, very uncertain.
In northwestern lower Michigan’s Area J, deep snow arrived in November and stayed until mid-April. Except for one short break around Christmas, it was a very long winter. But thanks to the members of MWTHA,
For the first time in many years, it looks like we’re having an old fashioned northern Michigan winter, and as a result, many of our winter feeding programs have been in full swing since the first of January, with many of us feeding the birds on our own for almost a month before that.
Our chapter’s winter feeding program has been in full force since January 1, with more people needing help showing up at both barns than we’ve seen in years-due to the winter we’re having, no doubt. At this point, we are hoping our funds hold out until winter breaks, and we’re praying that’s early.