most of our birds survived-but at a very high cost of almost $15,000, more than twice what the Traverse Bay Chapter has ever spent annually feeding wild turkeys in need of help from January 1 until mid-March. Annual fundraising efforts raised approximately $7,000-$8,000, which means the Traverse Bay Chapter will start this year’s feeding season in the hole. And there’s a decent crop of little turkeys running around out there right now that will need help this winter.

The wild turkeys in the state of Michigan belong to all of us-and we can’t do it without the assistance of every single wild turkey hunter in the state of Michigan. Now more than ever. If you know of others who enjoy hunting the wild turkey in northern Michigan, please encourage (demand!!) that they begin supporting the birds that they hunt. Or those birds may not be there much longer, and the memories of this past spring’s hunt will be the last many of us ever have. You can also help to manage our wild turkey numbers by participating in one of our fall hunts. If you are planning on hunting this fall, be sure to attend our annual Fall Wild Turkey Hunter’s Workshop, to be held at Jay’s in Clare on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 a.m. till noon-admission is always free, and as always, every penny raised goes towards the welfare of the wild turkey.

Have a great summer, and we’ll see you at Jay’s! 

AuSable River Chapter - Fall 2008 Update
Another dedicated member passes on