Where Do The Wild Turkey Go In Winter?

A Rafter of Wild Turkey
@sgbrown (1643)
United States
December 20, 2015 12:54pm CST
Every spring, they appear, the wild turkey. Living in the country, we see a lot of them on our 40 acres. I love to watch them, especially the "Toms" when they are strutting their stuff for the ladies! We get to watch them all strutt all spring and get to watch the babies grow up in summer and fall. Once fall is over, they just seem to disappear! I don't think I have ever seen a wild turkey in winter. Where do they go? Has anyone seen a wild turkey in the winter? This pictures was taken one fall while a large rafter of wild turkey were crossing our pond dam.
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
21 Dec 15
I've seen wild turkeys year-round here in Maine, including after heavy snowstorms when they travel farther in a day looking for food. Unlike some birds, they don't migrate but find shelter in the woods and sometimes even up in trees.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
21 Dec 15
The turkey around here must go back deep in the woods, as I never see them in the winter. I have seen them roosting in the trees in spring and summer, but they just seem to disappear in the winter.
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@GardenGerty (99358)
• United States
21 Dec 15
They travel unless they find a conveniently filled bird feeder, then they just graze.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
20 Dec 15
One of them flew into my windshield last Thursday. I wasn't amused.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
21 Dec 15
Oh no, Morley! I would not be amused either! Did it break your windshield?
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
21 Dec 15
@sgbrown no, we were fortunate. It made a very loud bang. I instinctively ducked my head.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
21 Dec 15
@Morleyhunt I would have too! I'm glad there was no damage! :)
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• United States
20 Dec 15
If I am not mistaken, as I recall, I have seen the wild turkeys year round in the North Shore. But I imagine once fall hits, they do go to hide out, knowing it is Thanksgiving.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
20 Dec 15
Maybe they are hiding from not only Thanksgiving, but Christmas too! I just find in strange that we will see them almost every day, then they just seem to disappear until spring. Thanks for stopping in!
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• United States
21 Dec 15
@sgbrown welcome Sheila..a merry xmas to you and yours.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
22 Dec 15
@TiarasOceanView Thank you so much! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas as well!
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@MALUSE (40225)
• Germany
20 Dec 15
This is the first time I hear about wild turkeys. I think there are none in Europe.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
20 Dec 15
@MALUSE This is one reason I am going to like being here at myLot! I learn so much about other countries. I had to idea that there were no turkey in Europe. I guess I assumed there were. Thank you for stopping by anyway!
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
20 Dec 15
Really sometimes we have even seen whole families of them in our area. @MALUSE
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
20 Dec 15
@Marcyaz What area are you from, @Marcyaz? I see US, but north, south, east or west?
@PainsOnSlate (20254)
• Canada
20 Dec 15
If you go for a walk in the woods you will find their tracks in the snow, They are around probably building snow covers so they can cuddle up with each other and stay warm. We saw them in our woods over the winter and they spend the night in trees.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
20 Dec 15
I don't think I have ever seen turkey tracks in the snow here, but then we only have a little snow for a very short time. I didn't know they build snow covers and snuggle up to stay warm, that sounds rather cozy. I do know they roost in the trees at night as I have seen them several times and they have given me a good scare when the come crashing down from the trees before. They are not the most graceful birds! LOL
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• Canada
21 Dec 15
@sgbrown Ha ha ha ha ha ha, I am laughing because I was kidding about building snow shelters. They do look for cover, we have pine forests where I grew up and upstate NY was cold enough the snow became hard the the Turkeys can walk on top of it. They look for seeds and berries and we also have farmers that grown corn on our fields so there is corn laying around for them to find.
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
21 Dec 15
I asked my son where wild turkeys go in the winter. His reply was Daytona Beach. I don't think that's right.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
21 Dec 15
LOL! That may not be right, but it sounds good to me!
• United States
20 Dec 15
In new England, fall and winter (at least the beginning of winter) is when I see them. Many times I'd have to stop my car to let 10 to 20 of them cross the road, and they are not quick about it. I love seeing them and often thank them for being part of my day. *be well*
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
21 Dec 15
I love to watch them, they can even be quite comical at times. It just surprises me that we never see them in winter here. Perhaps they stay back in the woods and don't come out into the meadows or pastures in winter.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
20 Dec 15
They are not entirely stupid so they keep out of sight as the winter approaches. With the Americans eating them at Thanksgiving and many Europeans eating them at Christmas it becomes a dangerous time to be seen around.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
21 Dec 15
Maybe they are smarter than we realize!
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
26 Dec 15
I don't know where they go, maybe deeper into the woods where there is more camouflage.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
28 Dec 15
I suppose that is probably right, @simone10 It's just strange that we never see them in winter.
@marijuana (576)
• Tel Aviv, Israel
21 Dec 15
Do people hunt them for food?
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@fishtiger58 (30338)
• Momence, Illinois
21 Dec 15
We only see a few each year. They say they are making a come back in Illinois. I sure hope so. Love to hear them gobble.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
22 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 We see a lot every year, until winter. I too, love to hear them gobble!
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@GardenGerty (99358)
• United States
21 Dec 15
You are going to keep us on our toes with your wildlife observations. Most interesting I have seen was the one that came to my daughter's yard sale in Minneapolis last summer. Of course she also had mallard ducks that would fly into the back yard every evening for a while.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
21 Dec 15
Your daughter's yard must be very attractive to the birds! I do have mallards on our pond every now and then.
@UncleJoe (9955)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
20 Dec 15
I see wild turkeys circling high above road kill all the time.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
20 Dec 15
What you are seeing, @UncleJoe are turkey buzzards. They do help keep the roads cleaned up around here. The wild turkey eat seeds and insects, much like chickens.
@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
20 Dec 15
Do the hunters kill them for the pot? I remember learning that expression from you before - a 'rafter of turkeys'! Wonderful, and a great picture too.
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@sgbrown (1643)
• United States
20 Dec 15
Yes, there are many people who will shoot a wild turkey for either Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Hubby did not this year, he smoked a beef brisket and a ham. For Christmas, we are doing a shrimp boil. I'm glad to see that you remembered the "rafter" of wild turkey!
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@LadyDuck (157635)
• Switzerland
21 Dec 15
I have never seen wild turkeys in Switzerland, I agree with @MALUSE I think there are none in Europe.
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@Freelanzer (8960)
• Canada
20 Dec 15
Interesting question. I have never seen wild turkeys so the thought never occurred, but a good question indeed.
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
20 Dec 15
I have no idea where the turkeys go in the winter but I know the one we used to see around here we haven't seen since the colder weather has set in.
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