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Offline Unknown

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« on: July 17, 2018, 06:42:08 PM »
How do you find a Wild Turkey nest?

I keep seeing this lady turkey. She sees me too. She runs away and flies away. My goal is not to be too invasive and interrupt the family goings on. Still or may I say, nevertheless, I have a burning desire to discover her secrets, the nest, count her baby gobblers, and begin to calculate the number of dinners I might serve.

But hey, it is muggy hot, each nearby deer drops at least 10,000 blood thirsty ticks. Since having endured one tick-bourne disease last year;  I just cannot afford the down-time again.

What are the best, time-tested methods to spy upon lady turkey?
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Re: Turkey
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2018, 07:06:54 PM »
Most of the time it is just pure chance.  If you walk about through the area you see the hen in you may eventually get her up off the nest.  Then mark the spot.  Be careful though as if you pressure them a little they will leave it.  I have two nesting right now and see them a couple of times a week when I go to get the mail or just arriving back at home and coming up the long driveway.  I have not looked for their nest but have a rough idea where they are (within a hundred feet or so) along a ditch. 

The hens incubate eggs for about 28 days and when all are hatched they leave with the poults.  I have seen several groups around here the last month or so.  We have had an unusually wet year and there may be a pretty high nest loss from the weather this year.
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Re: Turkey
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2018, 07:13:13 PM »
How do you find a Wild Turkey nest?

I keep seeing this lady turkey. She sees me too. She runs away and flies away. My goal is not to be too invasive and interrupt the family goings on. Still or may I say, nevertheless, I have a burning desire to discover her secrets, the nest, count her baby gobblers, and begin to calculate the number of dinners I might serve.

But hey, it is muggy hot, each nearby deer drops at least 10,000 blood thirsty ticks. Since having endured one tick-bourne disease last year;  I just cannot afford the down-time again.

What are the best, time-tested methods to spy upon lady turkey?

Unknown,
   Never tried it myself, just don't have the interest. But you did make me curious, so here is what I found. www.allaboutbirds.o rg/guide/wild_turkey/lifehistory
   It kind of sounds like still hunting methods would best be employed. A few quiet steps and then a period of observation of the surroundings.
a good application of Permethrin and tucking the trouser legs into the socks would seem to be in order for the ticks.

   I would think you were getting a little late in the season to catch anything in the nest, but quiet time in the woods in always good.

Best of luck, let us know how it pans out.

As I was typing I see wsdstan also posted so: yeah - what he said. He certainly has more experience than I do.

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2018, 08:36:42 PM »
For me, I would get her coming in to scattered grain. Somewhere plowed or cut short. (maybe even mow it short....).When the polts are big enough they will follow her, and you can count them, or use a trail camera.  8)
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Re: Turkey
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2018, 09:25:34 PM »
Thanks JG. Lure in to easy visible. Maybe a good idea. I'm trying to maximize the environment where we all feed one another. Wanna buy a dried tick necklace?
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Re: Turkey
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2018, 10:03:58 AM »
For me, I would get her coming in to scattered grain. Somewhere plowed or cut short. (maybe even mow it short....).When the polts are big enough they will follow her, and you can count them, or use a trail camera.  8)

Be sure to check the rules about scattering grain.  Where I live you won't be able to hunt Turkey (or waterfowl or deer) for a period of time if you scatter grain.  No problem if you don't hunt. 
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