Here in Tuftonboro where we live, my daughter snapped a couple of pictures of wild turkeys running across the road.
The Week Before Thanksgiving These Turkeys are on the Run!
It made me think of when I was younger, growing up in New Hampshire, I never saw turkeys unless they were in the grocer’s case. So when and where were they introduced back into our state?
New Hampshire Fish and Game has an excellent site detailing the facts on the Eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/Wildlife_profiles/profile_wild_turkey.htm
I’ll share with you a few facts from their site:
- Wild turkeys disappeared from New Hampshire approximately 150 years ago due to hunting and habitat destruction.
- They were successfully reintroduced in 1975 and today the population is around 25,000 birds.
- The males are called toms and the females are hens.
- They are extremely social and tend to live in flocks.
- They aren’t territorial birds and often travel within a 4-5 mile radius during the year.
- The major predators are fox, coyote and fisher cats.
Tough Wild Turkey or Easy to Catch Moist Turkey? To Me it's a No Brainer!
It is not unusual to see these large birds along the side of Lakes Region roads picking up pieces of grit to use in the process of digesting seeds and berries in their gullet. There have been more than a few times that I have had to wait while these unusual looking birds take their time crossing a major road. I have never eaten a wild turkey, but I have heard that the meat is tougher than a domestically raised turkey. I guess I’ll stick with a Butterball on Thanksgiving Day.
I have witnessed wild turkeys roosting in my pine trees, and when spooked they make a racket taking flight, with twigs breaking and the beating of wings – it is truly an amazing sound and sight.
If you would like to learn more about the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, contact Steve and Carol Bush, Realtors, and let them share their love for this beautiful area of the world.