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BY The GameKeepers on Feb. 09, 2018

Holding Wild Turkeys: The Missing Link

Some gamekeepers have roost trees, water source, mast crop, food plots and bugging areas all going for them, yet wonder why they don’t have turkeys, but their neighbors do. The answer is probably “grit!”

A Key Element For managing Wild Turkeys

Grit is one of the most over-looked elements of a sound turkey management plan. Think about what your neighbor has that you don’t. Maybe it’s a river or creek bed, a washout with course sand or gravel exposed, or simply a gravel roadway. Turkeys need grit to aid in their digestion by grinding up tough seeds and nuts in their gizzards. Most of the time all it takes is a small truckload of gravel distributed at several strategic places throughout your property, but don’t expect to hold wild turkeys in the area without it.

For more in depth articles on managing wild turkeys read “The Necessary War: Protecting Poults”. Each spring, when the moment of truth arrives and we end an off-season worth of anticipation with a shotgun blast, we take for granted the story of survival that turkey has made to that juncture. Few animals face as perilous a trek through their life as the wild turkey. From the day a wild turkey is laid as an egg until they die, some form of a predator is trying to have them for dinner.

 

 
 

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