NWTF Indiana – Turkey Tips: Wild turkey hens need good habitat to nest and raise their poults. Turkeys, like ruffed grouse and other ground nesting birds, rely upon good cover to hide them from predators. Hens often nest near downed logs mixed with young vegetation and grasses. Some of the best habitat is the forest edge and recently logged areas that are starting to grow back. The sunlight causes new growth which provides nesting cover, seeds, berries, insects, and other foods. Young poults need grassy clearings to hunt for high-protein insects. When managing your wooded areas, be sure to leave plenty of cover and open areas.
By D. Gordon E. Robertson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsHere’s another tip: Join the NWTF and support your local chapter. Many chapters are active in improving turkey habitat on public lands. The best part? If the habitat if perfect for wild turkeys, its perfect for deer and other wildlife, such as ruffed grouse and quail. Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt, for all of us.
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