hatched poults had adequate nutrition to go into winter with. Half rations will be handed out later in the winter. Last winter, with funds short, both barns closed for the season at the end of February, due to a lack of funds, although most members of the chapter continued to feed out of their own pockets.

 

With an extraordinarily light winter and temps in the 40’s melting much of the snowpack at January’s end, the birds are in very good shape and little to no mortality is expected this winter. We have been blessed by Mother Nature.

A very good thing particularly after last winter, one of the hardest winters in many years and the 4th snowiest on record for Antrim County, and when a fear of feeding deer kept many people from feeding anything at all, even songbirds, which resulted in large losses of wild turkeys in much of northern Michigan. With a good hatch last spring, and good carry-over last winter, the TB Chapter is hoping for a good spring turkey season this spring.

Speaking of spring, we are in the final stages of planning our annual spring workshop, set for April 3 at the Northland Sportsman’s Club south of Gaylord Please come out and help us support our northern wild turkeys!

We would really like to hear from anyone with ideas for this year’s workshop, or from anyone who would like to help out in any way, or who would like to help us solicit donations. Our biggest fundraiser, our raffle, have not been as successful in the last few years as in past years, and we need to make sure that we make up for that deficit any way we can either through this year’s workshop or through other suggested fundraisers or, like last winter, next year we may not have the funds for a full winter of supplemental feeding. So, please, we would like to hear from you!

Our 2nd MDOT Adopt A Highway trash pick-up of a two mile stretch of northern Michigan wild turkey country on M-66 in Antrim County is set for Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m. Great exposure for us turkey hunters and a great cause. If you are interested in helping out for just an hour or so, please call or email Linda Gallagher. Find her info here.

Anyone with questions about our programs or any upcoming events is encouraged to contact one of the following members of the
Traverse Bay Chapter of MWTHA: Frank Hersha, TB Chapter President or Traverse Bay member Rick Riley.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs Update (MUCC)
March 2010 Update