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Little River, SC - 11/06/2014
Abbeville, SC 29620

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Edgefield, SC 29824

Piedmont, SC - 12/02/2014
Union, SC 29379

Neil "Gobbler" Cost, SC - 12/04/2014
Greenwood, SC 29646

North Augusta Chapter, SC - 12/05/2014
North Augusta, SC 29841

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The Hardy One

The American wild turkey is an extremely hardy bird, having great resistance to the elements. It is able to withstand low temperatures and periods of fasting.

In times of extreme cold and deep snow, a turkey may remain on the roost for several days without descending for food and water. However, losses do occur under unusual combinations of adverse conditions, even when food is available.

In the fall and winter months, the diet of wild turkeys consists primarily of hard and soft mast. Acorns from oak trees are the most common hard mast, but acorn production is often unreliable. During years when acorns are scarce, turkeys will often be found using soft mast and agricultural fields.

Green fields, especially those planted with rye, wheat and clover that stay green in winter, are also very attractive to turkeys. Even where there may be snow cover, wild turkeys will feed year round on insects available in leaf litter. Also, a plot planted with Turkey Gold Chufa is attractive to wild turkeys in winter, as well as fall and spring.

Finding these areas where food is abundant almost surely will help you also find wild turkeys. Try scouting for areas such as these to improve your odds of spotting a flock. Make sure to check with your state's department of natural resources for season dates, bag limits, license requirements and other information before heading to the woods.

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