Oregon Asks Hunters About Wild Turkey Behaviour!

Chanakya Strutton recently drove through a wonderful Reedsport, Oregon, house subdivision. She stopped to photograph wild turkeys beside the road.

Strutton said a man attacked his reflection in his hubcap. “Flying up, beating it with spurs, flapping, etc.” When she tried to depart, 30 turkeys surrounded her car.

“We sat in a throng of turkeys and watched them attack our hubcaps,” she added.

Reedsport isn’t the only place in Oregon where wild turkeys are plentiful. Flocks have damaged cars and uprooted vegetation in Jefferson. Eugene has lawn crap. A woman died near Moro after a turkey hit her motorcycle.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife receives 160 wild turkey complaints a year. Brandon Dyches, who administers the Hunt By Reservation program, says many complaints are serious.

“A few hundred birds on your roof are heavy. Dyches works for the ODFW-partner nonprofit Pheasants Forever. “I’ve seen turkey scat. Turkeys love to eat germinating seeds. I’ve seen turkeys eating grapes in vineyards. Turkeys can bring several problems.

Oregon doesn’t have turkeys. In the 1890s, pioneers brought domestic birds, but they didn’t survive. In the 1960s, wild turkeys from Texas were introduced to create hunting chances.

The birds may survive practically anyplace, from golf courses to residential areas, assuming there’s a well-stocked bird feeder.

Oregon Asks Hunters About Wild Turkey Behaviour!
Oregon Asks Hunters About Wild Turkey Behaviour!

Unknown damage to native species. Portland Audubon’s Bob Sallinger isn’t concerned.

We don’t consider plants or natural species a threat, Sallinger wrote. “I’m aware of confrontations involving agriculture, property destruction, and sometimes aggressive behavior”

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is pioneering the Hunt By Reservation program to connect hunters with farms that have turkeys.

Dyches and a squad of hunters helped an Albany farmer clear a goat pasture of brambles.

Dyches: “We’re removing 70-year-old fencing.” “No one man should do it.”

The hunters are volunteering to thank Gerig for letting them hunt on his property, one of many in the state where hunters can reserve a spot. Farm turkey hunting isn’t voluntary. They can find a place and pay online at Hunt By Reservation. A $35 hunting license and a $27 turkey permit.

Gerig was worried about liability when he allowed hunters on his land. He worried they wouldn’t close gates or trample fences.

Wild turkeys on his land haven’t been a problem. They consume acorns and apples. He allowed hunting since he’s heard horror stories and doesn’t want his flock to go amok.

“I decided to risk it. Gerig: “I’m delighted I did.”

Gerig is happy the hunters cleared the area and are controlling the turkeys.

Dyches started hunting to learn where food comes from and loves wild turkeys.

His wife prefers wild turkey. “It’s turkey taste, times two.” It’s intense wild turkey without industrial animal weirdness.”

Fall and spring turkey seasons. Unlike deer hunting, participants don’t need to use urine. Camouflaged hunters lure wild turkeys with calls. Mouth calls or slate scratches can be used.

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