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In Wisconsin, is it illegal to raise turkeys(or any game bird for that matter) that are essentially wild but in a big enclosure

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    In Wisconsin, is it illegal to raise turkeys(or any game bird for that matter) that are essentially wild but in a big enclosure and then release them into the wild to increase the size of the resident flock?

  • #2
    No it isn;t illegal. I doubt it will help increase the overall population though. Caged birds are more susceptible to predation,

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    • #3
      -How big is the enclosure? Can they roost in trees? Will they find their own food/water or will they rely on you feeding them? Will they be seeing humans/pets daily?
      -You would probably be better off raising turkeys to give you something to do/something to eat(because if you release them into the wild there is a good chance that they will die before they can mate).

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      • #4
        Not a good idea. It's a great way to introduce diseases into the wild population.

        As also stated, the wildcats will appreciate the tender poultry.

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        • #5
          I wouldn't do it even if it was legal, for the reasons stated by piney, but that's just personal preference.
          I can say that Iowa tried stocking pheasants a few times over the years, and pretty much totally failed every time.

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