Monday, March 20th, 2023
Monday, March 20th, 2023

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Expansion of wild turkeys into northern Minnesota defies what officials thought possible years ago

It was once thought turkeys would not survive the extreme cold and heavy snow of northern Minnesota. Half a century later, it’s apparent that those fears were unwarranted.
Buoyed by additional releases, along with the species’ innate adaptability, wild turkeys can now be found just about everywhere in Minnesota. The lone exception might be the deep wilderness of the Arrowhead region, although turkeys have been reported near Ely.

Wisconsin DNR game bird ecologist optimistic for 2023 turkey season

Only about 18% of the 2022 spring turkey permits issued by the Wisconsin DNR were filled during the past season, but that wasn’t due to a shortage of toms, so only poor weather could temper hunters’ optimism for the 2023 season, according to Taylor Finger, DNR game bird ecologist.
“The last two years we have had strong spring nesting seasons,” Finger said. “The
2021-22 winter was relatively mild and turkeys were able to get at food. The same situation existed this winter, so there should be plenty of carryover of mature toms and jakes.”

Tips for fulfilling your land-ownership goals

If land ownership doesn’t have a place in your goals by now, it should. If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “When I hit the lottery, I’ll be calling you,” but people don’t give much thought to land investment early enough in their life or even think it’s a real possibility.

Bud Grant’s incredible life outside football included passion, action for the outdoors

Harry Peter Grant Jr. died in his Bloomington home on Saturday morning, March 11, at the age of 95. He was the head coach for the Vikings from 1967-85. Outside of football, the outdoors was a huge part of his life.
This week, friends recalled how he would say that he was more worried about hunting and fishing with friends and grandchildren than he was about making a game plan for Sunday.

Outdoor Observations: Game managers taking steps to improve turkey data from Michigan

There has been some concern in recent years that wild turkey numbers are declining in many parts of the country.
When a Michigan United Conservation Clubs proposal for an increase in the state’s spring turkey harvest surfaced last year, biologists admitted that they really didn’t have enough data on the health and size of our turkey population to make such a decision.

Don’t blow your turkey hunt before it even starts this spring

Practicing your calling is important (and, yes, it is fun) so that you can masterfully replicate the sounds of the wild turkey as best you can when it becomes game time. There is a time and a place for everything, though.
Under no circumstance should you ever use a turkey call in the wild unless you are actually hunting and intent on killing a turkey. Every time you do, you run the risk of educating the birds in your area.

Gobbler one-on-one: A challenge at its finest

Hunters have been spoiled by being able to harvest two gobblers during the spring season in Ohio. Now, one gobbler will be each hunter’s limit.
I’m grateful that Ohio’s turkeys are being given a chance to rebound. This single gobbler harvest will help improve future turkey numbers. It will be even more exciting for hunters once again learning how challenging spring gobblers can be, one-on-one.

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