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Where do turkey's hang out in the winter time? The two flocks I commonly see have been MIA lately. Do they group up or scatter i

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  • Where do turkey's hang out in the winter time? The two flocks I commonly see have been MIA lately. Do they group up or scatter i

    Where do turkey's hang out in the winter time? The two flocks I commonly see have been MIA lately. Do they group up or scatter in search for food? Haven't been seeing them like I do during the spring/summer months. Perhaps they are hanging out in someones yard who is feeding them?

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    The wild turkey's metabolism changes somewhat over the winter months-however as a steadfast rule the birds winter out in predominately all male groups(which are smaller) and female/2009 offspring (which are larger).Metabolic changes offer the birds a reduced need for food over the winter months-as a survival mechanism but also contributes to a reduced need for movement.Turkey's like you indicated are quite opportunistic and if a feed source is available either by human design or agricultural crops left unharvested etc. it greatly reduces their need for travel again coupled with lower metabolic goals. As the days are starting to get a little longer in terms of daylight you should notice a slight increase in movement over the next 45 days as the birds will become more active and travel more.

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    • #3
      Right on thanks decoy hunter. Exactly what I needed to know. Half mile down the road there's alot of standing corn so I'm guessing they're near there or by some goof who's got a feeder in their backyard. Can't wait for spring!

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        WE FIND BIRDS USUALLY MOVE TO A LOWER ELVATION ,BUT YOUR COMMENT ABOUT FOOD IS CORRECT.FOOD IS THERE PRIMARY REASON FOR MOVING. THATS WWHAT WE FIND OUT WEST.

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