Turkey talk and other stuff

Many years ago, I think it was in Field and Stream magazine, there was a chart depicting all of the game birds in flight, arranged according to speed. Guess who was leading the pack? A big old turkey gobbler! It seems incredible to me that a bird of twenty plus pounds can go that fast! They don’t lumber into the air like you might expect, far from it. The first beat of powerful wings, aided by a thrust from their legs, puts them twenty feet in the air.

It’s been reported that turkeys make sixty some different sounds. The well-known ones are yelps, cuts, whines, putts, cackles, purrs and gobbles.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs Update (MUCC)

In previous issues of Turkey Tracks we explained why the Michigan Wild Turkey Hunters Association had to terminate our membership with the United Conservation Clubs (MUCC). They had changed their dues structure thus creating an impossible situation for many statewide conservation organizations.

Eventually they came up with a compromise. A statewide organization could affiliate for annual dues of $250 and have 2 votes at convention.

Traverse Bay Chapter – Spring 2010 Update

The Traverse Bay Chapter of MWTHA opened their feed distribution sites in Gaylord and Charlevoix on December 19 when snow levels averaged a foot or more in Michigan’s North Country.

After advice from the DNR’s Doug Reeves, it was decided to distribute full rations of shelled corn at the beginning of the winter, to ensure any late

March 2010 Update

It’s been a pretty easy winter so far in Michigan, much better than the horrors of last winter, so, as this is written, we’re all hoping for a good spring turkey season with a high winter carry over.

With many parts of Michigan low to non-existent on turkeys, thanks to last winter and a fear of feeding thanks to the ban on deer feeding, hunters in many parts of northern Michigan will be hard pressed to even hear a gobble again this spring, and those of us who do will feel very blessed.