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May 2004
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Turkey Season Takes Off

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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