Wild Turkey Facts


  • A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. There field of view is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters.

  • A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

  • Turkeys are able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats. But, most turkeys are found in hardwood forests with grassy openings.

  • Turkeys spend their nights in trees, They fly to roosts around sunset.

  • Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.

  • Turkeys can cover several miles during the course of the day.

  • The best time to see turkeys are best on a warm clear days or in a light rain.

  • Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.

  • Strutting is used to attract hens prior to and during the breeding season.

  • Young gobblers can be distinguished from adults from longer middle tail feathers of the fan.

  • When scouting, if you come across turkey tracks that have a middle toe longer than 4 inches you can be sure it was made by an adult Gobbler.

  • Droppings of a Tom are usually long and J shaped. Those of a hen are shorter. But, droppings from either can be soft without any definite shape.



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