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How to Kill a Tom Off the Roost

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How to Kill a Tom Off the Roost

More turkeys are killed during the first hour of daylight than any other one-hour period during turkey season. This was true last season and it will hold true as this season plays out. It’ll be true again next year and the one after that, too. This isn’t coincidence. Rather, the first legal hour of...
Andrew Johnson Apr 7, 2020
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The 6 Turkey Vocalizations You Need to Know

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The 6 Turkey Vocalizations You Need to Know

Biologists have confirmed that wild turkeys have at least 29 different calls or vocalizations, ranking them among the most vocal of birds. And perhaps the most appealing aspect of turkey hunting is engaging in a conversation with a cooperative tom as it thunders toward your setup. As a good friend...
Andrew Johnson Mar 27, 2020
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How to Find the Dumbest Tom in the Woods

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How to Find the Dumbest Tom in the Woods

Frustrated turkey hunters often talk about the need to find unpressured birds, with optimism that these animals will be easier to pattern or deceive. On public lands, or highly pressured private ground, finding these places can be easier said than done. During your continued search for the...
Dylan Tramp Mar 31, 2021
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A Guide to Hunting Wild Turkey

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A Guide to Hunting Wild Turkey

Wild turkeys are the big game of the small game world. Weighing upwards of 25 pounds, a mature bird is capable of supplying multiple meals for even a large family. While many states have fall turkey hunting seasons, hunting for these birds is generally regarded as a spring activity. April or May...
Steven Rinella Dec 4, 2018
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How to Turkey Hunt in Big Woods

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How to Turkey Hunt in Big Woods

If you take away agriculture from turkey hunting, it starts to feel like chasing whitetails in big woods. Low game densities, sparse sign, and endless cover all conspire to make the process more challenging than typical turkey hunts. But big woods toms are available for the taking. Like their...
Tony J. Peterson Mar 30, 2020
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3 Common Mistakes Turkey Hunters Make

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3 Common Mistakes Turkey Hunters Make

Sunrises, ticks, and mistakes are all parts of turkey hunting. Some days the planets align and we can sling a dead turkey over our shoulder regardless of how many errors we made. But most other days we leave the woods frustrated and empty-handed. Sometimes it’s because the turkeys simply didn’t want...
Andrew Johnson Apr 21, 2021
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Turkey Hunting Gear

3 Turkey Calls Every Hunter Should Own

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3 Turkey Calls Every Hunter Should Own

Many turkey hunters are gear junkies and I’m no exception. Each spring I overload my vest with an assortment of turkey calls—knowing full well that many won’t see the light of day until I unpack after the season closes. Fact is, I just checked my vest, and here’s the tally: 13 mouth calls, two box...
Andrew Johnson Apr 23, 2020
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How to Choose the Right Turkey Load

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How to Choose the Right Turkey Load

There was a time when all my turkey, small game, waterfowl and upland shot shells were 2 ¾-inch, #6 lead, 12-gauge field loads. Since then, shotgun loads for all game species, including wild turkeys, have come a long way. These days, turkey loads come in a vast array of configurations, many of which...
Brody Henderson Mar 12, 2020
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The Best Turkey Shotgun

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The Best Turkey Shotgun

Turkey guns fall into one of two camps. First, there are jack-of-all-trades firearms that serve more than one master. In the fall, these guns might pull duty in the duck blind one day and the uplands the next. Once spring rolls around, full chokes replace modified chokes and some fiber-optic sights...
Andrew Johnson Feb 22, 2021
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3 Never-Fail Turkey Decoy Setups

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3 Never-Fail Turkey Decoy Setups

If you want to increase your decoy effectiveness this spring, consider what the real turkeys are doing. A 30,000-foot-view explanation is that flocks start out as big as they’ll be all season and shrink to smaller groups as spring progresses. This means that multiple decoys are a solid choice on Day...
Tony J. Peterson Apr 10, 2020
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How to Kill a Decoy-Shy Tom

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How to Kill a Decoy-Shy Tom

There’s one frustrating scenario every turkey hunter is familiar with: a gobbling tom comes in on a string, but hits an invisible wall at 75 yards before shuffling away. There are plenty of reasons why a longbeard will change his mind and pull a 180, but the most common involves some level of decoy...
Tony J. Peterson Mar 25, 2020
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How to Make Turkey Decoys More Deadly

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How to Make Turkey Decoys More Deadly

Now more than ever, having realistic turkey decoys is critical. “There’s been an education curve out there for these birds today,” veteran turkey hunter and MeatEater contributor Tony Peterson said. “We’ve killed off a lot of the dumb ones.” With most of those “dumb” birds gone, we’re left hunting...
Mark Kenyon Apr 13, 2020
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How to Pattern a Shotgun for Turkey Hunting

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How to Pattern a Shotgun for Turkey Hunting

When it comes to turkey shotguns, modern choke-and-load combinations are capable of throwing ultra-tight patterns out to 40 yards or more. At the same time, turkey hunters should remember that a properly outfitted scattergun’s pattern is likely no larger than a baseball at 10 to 15 yards. I learned...
Andrew Johnson Mar 4, 2021
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Turkey Processing

How to Gut a Turkey

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How to Gut a Turkey

Gutting a turkey is an easy, in-field process. Janis runs through the steps in this simple video and saves the giblets for camp.
MeatEater Staff Apr 10, 2019
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Video: How to Mount a Turkey Cape and Fan

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Video: How to Mount a Turkey Cape and Fan

A wild turkey's feathers rival nature's finest works of art. They're beautiful. Typically, hunters save a gobbler's fan, beard, and spurs, but in this video I'll show you how to make a turkey cape mount. It will display all the beautiful parts of the turkey and look great on your wall. All you'll...
Clay Newcomb Apr 27, 2021
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Is a Turkey Sponge Edible?

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Is a Turkey Sponge Edible?

When I began to remove the breast from my first tom, I was dumbfounded to find handfuls of a yellow, jellyfish-like substance in front of the crop cavity. I wasn’t sure what it was at the time, so it stayed in the woods. With a little research, I learned that this gelatinous tissue is called the...
Danielle Prewett Apr 26, 2019
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Video: How to Make a Wingbone Turkey Call

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Video: How to Make a Wingbone Turkey Call

The wingbone turkey call is a classic tool that’s as old as turkey hunting itself. These are a blast to make, fun to use, and most importantly, can help you kill a gobbler. Now that doesn’t mean I’ll be tossing out my Phelps Jake Brake or box call anytime soon. Using a crafted wingbone is like...
Clay Newcomb Mar 30, 2021
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Turkey Stock

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Turkey Stock

Stock is an essential ingredient in any good home cook’s kitchen. This liquid gold can make soup, stews, braises, and sauces into something special. Nothing you buy at the store will compare to the homemade version, especially when you use wild game. This spring, be sure to save the carcass, wings...
Danielle Prewett May 3, 2021
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How to Clean a Gizzard

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How to Clean a Gizzard

The gizzards of game birds like pheasants, ducks, and turkey are under-appreciated little nuggets of meat. Perhaps it’s because they look strange and are difficult to trim without proper instruction. Well, we’re taking the mystery out of preparing them by showing you how to clean a gizzard and how...
Danielle Prewett Feb 22, 2021
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Wild Turkey Butchering Basics

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Wild Turkey Butchering Basics

Mark Kenyon showcases a method of butchering a wild turkey after a successful hunt. The Benchmade blade makes quick work of the turkey, getting the tasty flesh off the bone and ready for packaging and cooking.
MeatEater Staff Apr 15, 2019
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How to Cook a Turkey Tail

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How to Cook a Turkey Tail

I’m a curious cook by nature. I’m also a frugal cook who tries to utilize animal parts that most folks leave in the field. My freezer is full of odd things like hog testes, alligator cheeks, and the alien-looking chunk of protein that is a turkey’s tail with the feathers removed. Being the guinea...
Danielle Prewett Apr 13, 2020
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Turkey Hunting Videos

MeatEater Hunts: Michigan Spring Turkey

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MeatEater Hunts: Michigan Spring Turkey

Southern Michigan in the spring is an audio rich landscape. Of all the springtime sounds, one stands above the rest: the gobbling turkey. Mark’s goal is to call in a tom using a diaphragm call, which would be a first for him.
MeatEater Staff Apr 4, 2019
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Michigan Turkey Hunting with Janis Putelis

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Michigan Turkey Hunting with Janis Putelis

Janis explores turkey hunting in his home state of Michigan, a land that barely held turkeys in his youth. The hunt delivers challenges of quiet birds and tests Janis’ patience down to the last moment.
MeatEater Staff Apr 23, 2019
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Video: Coyote Attacks Hunter's Wounded Turkey

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Video: Coyote Attacks Hunter's Wounded Turkey

Earlier this week, I was turkey hunting with my wife in Montana when something unusual happened. After I called in a Merriam's gobbler and shot it, a coyote ran in and tried to steal the bird. Here's a video of the attempted heist in progress.
Janis Putelis May 4, 2021
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Spring Break: Florida Osceola Turkey

Season 4: Episode 9

Spring Break: Florida Osceola Turkey

Steven Rinella and his friend and wild turkey specialist, Robert Abernathy, head to southern Florida to hunt Osceola gobblers. Steve hopes to finish off his Royal Turkey Slam, achieved by bagging all five subspecies of the American wild turkey—a quest that’s been a decade in the making. These two...
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Sonoran Super-Birds: Mexico Gould's Turkey

Season 2: Episode 12

Sonoran Super-Birds: Mexico Gould's Turkey

Steven Rinella crosses the border into Mexico's desert to call in the Gould’s wild turkey. Of the five turkey subspecies in North America, the Gould’s is the largest but rarest. On this unique Mexican adventure, Steve finds exciting action for gobbling toms. With locally made charcoal at his...
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Surf N Turk: Wisconsin Turkey and Carp

Season 4: Episode 13

Surf N Turk: Wisconsin Turkey and Carp

Steven Rinella scratches his spring turkey itch this year as he visits Southeast Wisconsin to call in some big eastern Toms with his buddy Jerod Fink. The guys also plan to do some bow fishing after dark so they can enjoy a real Midwest turkey and fish fry.
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MeatEater Hunts: The Texas Turkey

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MeatEater Hunts: The Texas Turkey

The shrub country of Texas in the spring is a magical place for turkeys. During Steve’s hunt there, he catches a rare glimpse into the mind of a fired up gobbler.
MeatEater Staff May 7, 2019
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Big Sky, Bigger Birds: Montana Wild Turkey

Season 2: Episode 1

Big Sky, Bigger Birds: Montana Wild Turkey

Steven Rinella and his brother Matt load up the llamas for a backcountry spring Turkey hunt in Montana’s Powder River Breaks. They will pack deep into the rugged badlands to find gobbling birds. With two tags each, there's plenty of action and camp-fried turkey schnitzel is on the menu.
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Turkey Recipes

Turkey Schnitzel

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Turkey Schnitzel

I discovered turkey schnitzel while filming a backcountry turkey hunt in Montana. Our cam­eraman and director, Mo Fallon, took a look at our supplies, which included a dead turkey, salt, panko breadcrumbs, oil, and a lemon. He hatched a plan. We sliced the turkey breasts into thick slabs and then...
Steven Rinella Nov 28, 2018
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Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

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Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

As an upland hunter, my favorite Thanksgiving tradition is to roast a couple whole pheasants. But before the pie is even served, I’m already thinking about how I’ll use the remaining scraps of meat. Whether you have pheasant, turkey, or some other white meat poultry on the table this year, you’ll be...
Danielle Prewett Nov 23, 2020
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Copycat Chick-fil-A Turkey Nuggets

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Copycat Chick-fil-A Turkey Nuggets

This recipe captures everything I love about joints like Chick-fil-A: comfort food that’s easy to make and full of flavor. I marinate the wild turkey nuggets in pickle juice before frying, then dip them in a copycat Chick-fil-A sauce. This dish will have every deer across the county saying, “EAT-MOR...
Danielle Prewett May 4, 2020
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Fresh Turkey Breakfast Sausage with Sage Recipe

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Fresh Turkey Breakfast Sausage with Sage Recipe

The flavors of wild turkey and sage complement each other perfectly, especially when combined in a spicy breakfast sausage. This mixture can be stuffed into lamb casings to make breakfast-sized links, but I prefer to leave mine bulk and then form it into small patties that are easy to fry next to a...
Steven Rinella Nov 21, 2018
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Buffalo Turkey Sandwiches

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Buffalo Turkey Sandwiches

It’s damn hard to beat a crispy buffalo turkey sandwich. Like poutine or a Sloppy Joe pizza, this dish is where wild game intersects bar food perfection. Brined in buttermilk and fried until golden brown, I’m convinced that pairing this pub grub with a cold drink is the best way to celebrate a dead...
Danielle Prewett Apr 20, 2020
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Orange-Clove Smoked Wild Turkey

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Orange-Clove Smoked Wild Turkey

If you’re successful in your wild turkey hunting pursuits, this is a recipe not to miss. This smoker recipe is the ideal savory and sweet combination. Smokey and sweetness combined with the savory roasted vegetables. A crowd pleaser for spring or turkey hunting success alike. Originally Published on...
Steven Rinella Apr 15, 2018
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Turkey Katsu

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Turkey Katsu

I can't think of a better first meal after a successful turkey hunt than fried breast. This katsu recipe is based on a Japanese fried cutlet dish with a light, crunchy crust. I hammer the meat thin to tenderize it while also cutting down on the cook time. Less time in the fryer keeps the turkey...
Wade Truong Apr 8, 2021
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Turkey Egg Rolls

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Turkey Egg Rolls

Turkey season is upon us, and that means droves of hunters across the country are getting ready to harvest some of nature’s “other white meat.” These big birds yield a lot of great meat, but many folks are left questioning what to do with the legs. Wild turkey legs are very tough and full of tendons...
Michael Vialpando Apr 12, 2021
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Turkey Podcasts

Ep. 104: Turks!

The MeatEater Podcast

Ep. 104: Turks!

Las Vegas, NV- Steven Rinella talks with Becky Humphries of the National Wild Turkey Federation, First Lite’s Ryan Callaghan, along with Janis Putelis of the MeatEater crew. Subjects discussed: The National Wild Turkey Federation; defining turkey habitat; the Lacey Act of 1900 and playing by the...
Steven Rinella Feb 20, 2018
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Ep. 211: Answering Your Spring Turkey Questions

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Ep. 211: Answering Your Spring Turkey Questions

Today on the show Spencer Neuharth, Dan Johnson and I celebrate spring turkey hunting season by sharing a few of our latest turkey exploits and answering listener-submitted turkey hunting questions. To listen to the podcast, click the Play button in the orange bar above or click the links below to...
Mark Kenyon Apr 26, 2018
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Ep. 274:Turkey Hunting Roundtable

Wired To Hunt

Ep. 274:Turkey Hunting Roundtable

Today on the show I’m joined by Ben O’Brien, Tony Peterson and Spencer Neuharth to debate all things turkey hunting – including calling advice, decoy set-ups, weather impacts and more. Subjects Discussed What’s the story on Ben O’Brien’s turkey tour The absolute best time of the year for turkey...
Mark Kenyon Apr 5, 2019
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Ep. 262: The Jake Brake

The MeatEater Podcast

Ep. 262: The Jake Brake

Steven Rinella talks with Jason Phelps, Dirk Dirham, Seth Morris, Phil Taylor, Corinne Schneider, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: Chester The Investor makes a solid plan on a walleye boat; how skepticism is the chastity of the intellect; reconsidering the use of a sous vide wand to warm up your...
Steven Rinella Mar 1, 2021
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Ep. 123: Turkey Season Failures, Six Degrees of Alpha-Gal Syndrome, and Beauty and Horror in the Natural World with Donnie Vincent

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Ep. 123: Turkey Season Failures, Six Degrees of Alpha-Gal Syndrome, and Beauty and Horror in the Natural World with Donnie Vincent

On this week’s show, we’re joined by Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt to get an update on the failures of turkey season, talk vasectomies, hear about Phil’s first crap in the woods, and answer some emails. We’re also joined by our favorite listener, Eric Hall, to hear about his quarantine perspective...
Ben O'Brien Apr 28, 2020
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Ep. 172: Texas Turkey Success, Phil's Burner Account, Sit/Git versus Run/Gun, and Top Turkey States with Sam Soholt

The Hunting Collective

Ep. 172: Texas Turkey Success, Phil's Burner Account, Sit/Git versus Run/Gun, and Top Turkey States with Sam Soholt

On this week's episode, Ben reports back on his turkey success in Texas and his pure, unadulterated excitement for the rest of the season. The guys also cover the philosophical debate that is sit/git versus run/gun and update the progress of THC's regional chapters. In the interview portion of the...
Ben O'Brien Apr 6, 2021
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Ep. 174: Trek for Turkeys 2021, Thank You Dad, and the Desire to Possess Animals with Shane Mahoney

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Ep. 174: Trek for Turkeys 2021, Thank You Dad, and the Desire to Possess Animals with Shane Mahoney

In this week's episode, Ben and Phil are joined by First Lite's Conservation Manager Ford Van Fossan to discuss the Trek for Turkeys 2021 and how it all benefits the NWTF. In the interview portion of the show, Ben is joined by Shane Mahoney to reflect on past conversations, discuss the desire to...
Ben O'Brien Apr 20, 2021
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