Robo-Turkey Donation will Help FWC Bag Bad Hunters

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Some high-tech recruits are joining the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) law enforcement team. The Florida State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) today gave the FWC five robotic turkeys. These so called robo-turkeys are lifelike figures that rotate their bodies, move their tails and even gobble.

“Our officers use the robo-turkeys to snare poachers as they attempt to shoot the decoys,” said Col. Julie Jones, FWC’s law enforcement director. “Having five more of these in the field will greatly increase our ability to catch unethical hunters and conserve one of Florida’s prized game birds.”

Robo-turkeys are not cheap, costing around $700 a piece, and since they are not bulletproof, they often have a short lifespan. That is why NWTF has stepped in to offer assistance.

“Our group made a commitment to provide the mechanical birds to all five FWC regional offices,” NWTF Florida Chapter President Bill Marvin said. “We appreciate the agency’s commitment to enforcing wildlife laws and want to help officers with their efforts.”

NWTF has donated a total of 15 birds to the agency during the last three years. The five new robo-turkeys include four gobblers and one hen.

This latest donation couldn’t have come at a better time. Florida’s spring turkey season began this month.