September 2013 – Issue 35
The Wild Turkey hunting license was established in 1977, restricted to be used for Scientific Research, Biological Work On Wild Turkeys and other Wild Turkey Management in this state. There was a promise made to those willing to purchase a license to hunt turkeys that the money raised would be used to manage Wild Turkeys over their entire range. The first requirement to manage any wildlife species is to provide their necessary living requirements (habitat).
Over the past 17 years we have a series of articles in this publication detailing the shortcomings of habitat requirements of most wildlife species on our public forests. Unfortunately the many forest management meetings we have held with both the DNR and current U.S. Forest Service has seen few positive results.
Did you ever wonder what turkey hunting is about? There are four main parts to turkey hunting, Scouting, Decoying, Calling and Shooting.
Scouting: Before your season you need to get out in the woods to look and listen for birds, where they roost and come from, where they are going to feed. While this sounds easy, you need to do this for a couple of weeks to get their pattern, also d on’t use turkey calls as this may make them call shy.