Wild Turkey—History and Life History
February 10, 2021
Luke Garver from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Kathy Andrews Wright
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00:25 Luke Garver Introduction
01:58 The wild turkey is one of the greatest conservation success stories in the Nation and Illinois. What actions allowed this species to recover to huntable numbers today?
05:31 How you can tell a male, or tom turkey, from a female, or hen?
08:38 Life history of the wild turkey including overview on their preferred habitats, food preferences and feeding habits.
12:41 Summary of wild turkey reproductive cycle.
17:32 Wild turkey vocalizations.
23:50 Wild turkey predators and impacts on the local populations.
28:27 Resources for wild turkey enthusiasts—National Wild Turkey Federation and Illinois Learn to Hunt program.
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Kathy Andrews Wright is retired from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources where she was editor of Outdoor Illinois magazine. She is currently the editor of Outdoor Illinois Wildlife Journal and Illinois Audubon magazine.