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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-08-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Turkey and water

It seems a lot of the spots I tend to have "good luck" there is running water nearby. It doesn't have to be big, but it always seemns to be around.

Do you guys notice this also? Is it a safe bet to eliminate woods without this feature if you have a choice to go to one that does?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-08-2013, 07:46 PM
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Re: Turkey and water

I never worry about the water..only if it stops the gobblers from comming in..i've never noticed if it has any advantages to hunt around them..gobblers get alot of the water they need from the plants that they eat...
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Re: Turkey and water

If they really want a drink, they can take 4 steps, lock their wings and be drinking water in less than a minute anywhere in this state!

But they do get most of their fluid from plants.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-08-2013, 09:50 PM
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Re: Turkey and water

I have noticed two correlations to water. The first is early spring the spring seeps on the mountains green up earlier than the rest of the woods. Turkeys are attracted to the tender green shoots and the insects they attract. The other factor is security. Southern boys will tell you how much turkeys like to roost right over water. So close they can hear the poop hit the water. It's a security thing. The water helps keep tree climbing predators at bay. However the south is very flat in places and i see a preference in PA to roost on high ground rather than on the waters edge, but I've seen them do it enough times not to dismiss it. Also when the warm weather really sets in and it stays warm overnight i think the birds get thirsty after being in a tree all night in warm weather. If there is a small water source close to the roost sometimes they head right for it like a morning cup of coffee for us.
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Re: Turkey and water

I had a small flock one spring do just that. It took me a week to figure out that they would go to water first thing in the morning and then head back up to the high ground to start scratching.
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Re: Turkey and water

This one doesn't look thirsty.


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Would that one be considered waterfowl?

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Re: Turkey and water

Ive seen that, especially when its hot and dry, birds would leave the roost and fly down to water first thing every day. till it rained.

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