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Why Do Some Turkeys Have Multiple Beards?

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Why Do Some Turkeys Have Multiple Beards?

When scoring a turkey, the most substantial multiplier is beard length. That’s why when you look at the record books for “biggest” toms, you’ll find gobblers with multiple beards at the top of the list. While most male turks only carry a single beard, extraordinary specimens can reach double digits...
South Dakota Man Dies in Turkey Bowhunting Accident

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South Dakota Man Dies in Turkey Bowhunting Accident

On April 16 at 8:48 a.m., authorities received a call to a field near White, South Dakota, for a bowhunting accident. Mark Steinborn, 62, was shot with an arrow while turkey hunting according to the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office. Emergency personnel attempted life saving measures at the scene...
America’s 5 Wild Turkey Subspecies

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America’s 5 Wild Turkey Subspecies

The wild turkey is one of the most widely distributed game animals in North America, with huntable numbers in every state except Alaska. Estimates put the country’s total population at about 7 million, made up of five different wild turkey subspecies. Each subspecies looks, sounds, and acts a bit...
Wild Turkeys Are Damn Near Superheroes

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Wild Turkeys Are Damn Near Superheroes

Imagine a visitor from another planet arrived here tomorrow and was introduced to all the game of North America. A turkey would make a bad first impression. Their oversized bodies mounted on tiny sticks for legs make them look like a walking coyote snack. To top it off, they have some mutant...
Will Your Whitetail Broadhead Work for Turkeys?

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Will Your Whitetail Broadhead Work for Turkeys?

If you’re like me, you like consistency in your archery gear. That means going years in a row shooting with the same release, from the same string, behind the same arrows, tipped with the same broadheads. But once I got serious about chasing spring turkeys with a bow, I had to completely rethink my...
Wild Turkey Attacks: Horror in the Suburbs

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Wild Turkey Attacks: Horror in the Suburbs

Here at MeatEater, we’ve provided plenty of recent coverage of hunters mauled by grizzlies and kids bitten by mountain lions, but haven’t given near enough attention to turkey attacks on humans. As we head out to chase gobblers this spring, there’s hope that reporting on all the times folks have...
Do Turkeys Actually Lack a Sense of Smell?

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Do Turkeys Actually Lack a Sense of Smell?

In an upcoming article for Turkey & Turkey Hunting, I break down the biology of turkeys and what makes them such a badass. I look at their incredible sense of sight, which allows them to see certain things that fall into the UV light range like the phosphates in our laundry detergent. I look at...