1.) Look for suitable nesting sites that have cover with food and water nearby.

2.) Hinge cut or girdle trees to encourage understory vegetation.

3.) Remove trees in desnely forested areas to bring in enough light to promote the growth of vegetation.

4.) Till some areas to encourage new growth.

5.) Mow strips to create travel corridors.

6.) Leave good nesting cover in place, such as briar patches.

7.) Set live traps to catch pedators like raccoons and opossums.

8.) Mow strips through clover and grain to lead turkeys to protein-rich insects.

9.) Disk dust travel lanes for turkeys so they can take a dirt bath.

10.) Plant clover, wheat, barley and other grains to attract insects as a food source for turkeys.

 

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This article originally published in THE NEW PIONEER® Winter 2015 issue. Print and Digital Subscriptions to THE NEW PIONEER magazine are available here.