For the past month we have been watching 12 wild turkeys roaming our fields, Morning in the east field, west field in the Afternoon, and they are getting huge eating the grasshoppers in the field. Turkey season is comming up soon and I figure only 3 or 4 may escape, I am not a big fan of wild turkey meat, but these birds are cross mated with white tame turkeys that escaped several years ago when a wild gobbler came to the house one night....seems gobblers with mate with anything that moves...if the turkeys stay in our fields they will be safe[er] no hunting here.
i was playing golf last week. on the 14th hole a deer ran right across the fairway as i was preparing to hit my shot. it was just jogging and had antlers. very neat to see. on the very next hole, i came across about 5 wild turkeys. they didn't run away until i hopped in the golf cart and drove right at them to run them over. heh.
we used to have a lot of wild turkeys at our house in Kansas, which was out in the country. i had a four-wheeler back then and i'd chase those birds and also the random deer who wondered onto our 20 acres. fun times, but the few times i had wild turkey meat i thought it was quite tasty. i've only duck hunted in my life, but i think the turkey tastes far better than duck.
We had wild turkeys and chicks (poults) all over the property where I did most of my 1,000 hours of volunteer time for the county. I'd arrive at dawn, and they'd be all around the Meeting hall & the greenhouse, and foraging for insects among the vegetable & flower gardens.
Then I wouldn't see them again until I was locking up to leave just as the sun was setting.
The only difference between wild & penned is that the penned ones are more tender from not ever having used it's wings (and Breast Muscles) The Wild ones are tastier because they eat a varied & natural diet, and don't get fed anti-biotics since they don't have to live in cramped & filthy pens.
Not only are the penned turkeys bred to be white, they, like today's cattle, are bred to be stupid. Wild cattle and wild turkeys are much more aggressive, and more difficult to catch.
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