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Turkeys gone, no shots fired


Wild turkeys are particularly conspicuous in winter, when they congregate in lowland flocks. Biologists say turkeys have been introduced to virtually every habitat niche in the state. 
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Wild turkeys are particularly conspicuous in winter, when they congregate in lowland flocks. Biologists say turkeys have been introduced to virtually every habitat niche in the state. (File/ / The Spokesman-Review)

NUISANCE WILDLIFE -- I have a gift to offer the region's rural residents who are being besieged by wintering turkeys that are congregated in flocks and fouling barnyards.

Just invite me to come out with my one remaining 2010 turkey tag and I can virtually elminate the entire flock without firing a shot.

It happened again yesterday.  A man, who's had up to 200 turkeys at a time all around his Mount Spokane-region place in the past month, asked me to come out and use my tag to help thin out the flock.  

"All you have to do is walk out on the deck and pick one out," he said. "They're taking over the place."

So I went out and my mere presense sent the turkey's packing.  The big flock that's been there every day for weeks was gone.  One wild-ass turkey came in within 75 yards and ran off for no reason.

After enjoying coffee, cookies and some good hunting stories in his kitchen, I shook his hand at roosting time and left, proud to have once-again shared my talent for the benefit of sportsman-landowner relations.




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Rich Landers
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