Illinois Department of Natural Resources
April 2021
April 19, 2021
Photo by Mohan Nannapaneni.

Wild Turkey—History and Life History

By Kathy Andrews Wright

Film Date:

February 10, 2021


Luke Garver from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Produced by:

Laura Kammin

Kathy Andrews Wright

Edited by:

Sarah Marjanovic

Questions received in advance of the conversation are listed below, with the time noted should you desire to fast-forward to a topic of interest.

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.