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Turkey habitat improvments

To enhance wild turkey habitat on your property, consider the following steps:

1. Provide Cover: Wild turkeys require good cover for nesting, roosting, and protection from predators. You can enhance cover by planting or preserving native grasses, shrubs, and trees. Create brush piles or install wooden structures to provide additional cover options.

2. Improve Food Availability: Wild turkeys need a diverse range of food sources. Planting a mix of mast-producing trees like oaks, beeches, and hickories can provide them with important food resources. Incorporate food plots with plants like clover, rye, millet, and corn to attract turkeys and provide supplemental nutrition.

3. Enhance Water Sources: Provide reliable water sources such as small ponds, water troughs, or natural streams. Turkeys require water for drinking and bathing, so ensuring a consistent water supply can attract and retain them on your property.

4. Manage Timber stands: Implement selective timber harvests or create edge habitat to increase the diversity within your forest. Creating openings or maintaining young forest stands encourages the growth of herbaceous plants, insects, and seeds that wild turkeys feed on.

5. Actively trapping plan: Trap or have your property trapped for nest predators. Raccoons, opossums, skunks and foxes are tough on turkey populations. The decline in the fur market has impacted the turkey populations negatively. It's a critical part of turkey management.

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