Our spring turkey-hunting season was launched on April 19th with
a handful of hunters, who paid the $14 resident fee, making like
hens. Sitting in junipers or hunkered down in a stand of pine,
camouflaged to the nines, they've been trying to call the gobblers
with a variety of sounds. The roosters are rutting, and while
they don't mind calling back, they prefer to continue prancing
in circles and showing off for the hens they can see. The male
turkey's attitude seems to be, no matter how entrancing are the
calls, a bird in the hand is better than one in the bush.
Last year 33,000 turkeys were tagged in Michigan (combined for
all seasons) by 89,000 hunters, out of a population estimated
to be more than 200,000 birds.
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