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I've never had a turkey do this before. Last weekend I was out searching for deer sign. I was walking along the edge of a soy bean field flanked by brome and jumped a hen from her nest. Instead of the turkey taking off, she took a very defensive position. She lowered her wings and drug them on the ground while circling me at about 5-10 yds. She was viry verbal. Not your normal excited puttin, but sounded more like a ticked off grizzly. I didn't know if I should run or laugh. She finally headed off into the brome, staying close and putting for 10-15 minutes. Another fun day in the woods for sure Big smile

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what that must have been like Laugh

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It was trying to make you chase it and draw you away from her nest.

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Yeah thats standard behavior for many bird species. Seen many hens do it when their poults are bugging nearby. its the old broken wing trick you can catch me the easiest ploy. Your right its a great thing to witness in the woods .

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Wish I would have had my camera How old do you think the poults would have been? She must have had them hid very well, I nose around the area a bit and didn't see a thing.

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No telling really if you didnt see them when looking likely very newly hatched. 18 days after hatching they can hit the wing and all that attention draw isnt really needed they just flush. I havent ever seen one do it in regards to an unhatched nest then they just fly off. Not saying they wont pull the old broken wing trick to save their eggs I just havent ever personally witnessed one go through all that rigamaroo unless there were poults nearby.

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redrider wrote:
She lowered her wings and drug them on the ground while circling me at about 5-10 yds. She was viry verbal.

I'd like to to see that myself some day!

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that's exciting..i'v just started wild turkey hunting and stories like this makes me more excited Big smile

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kriss welcome to BGH Big smile You're in for a heck of a ride turkey hunting. Be sure to tell us some of your stories Thumbs up

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thanks! sure..but i still have to wait till next spring for that Big smile
maybe i can try fall turkey hunting, but i know its more fun during spring season..
do you go turkey hunting in fall?

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I don't really go turkey hunting in the fall, but while deer hunting they are always coming around to keep me entertained. Thumbs up

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