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Suburban Turkey Hunting Tips #1: Here Comes Trouble

by Ben Sobieck
Turkey & Turkey Hunting Online Editor

It’s like something out of a Clint Eastwood movie. A quiet, suburban neighborhood in the Midwest is held hostage by a pack of adolescent punks. They spit curses at passersby. They gang up on dogs. They block the roads. They tear up yards. They impose their hostile climate over any otherwise happy, normal day.

Only it’s not people I’m talking about here. It’s turkeys. Marauding jakes and irritable hens harassing a Minnesota neighborhood just north of Minneapolis.

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Some initially welcomed the sight of turkeys in their yards. Who wouldn’t? Wild turkeys are beautiful creatures. But throw any animal – be it turkey or human – into an environment without consequences, and things devolve into “Lord of the Flies” faster than you can chalk a box call.

As with many places in the country, wild turkeys are finding homes in the green pockets littered throughout human development. Low predation and the “all wildlife are cute ‘n’ cuddly” effect combine to allow big turkey numbers in relatively small acreage.

In most cases, turkeys and humans can live side-by-side without incident. But this particular Minnesota neighborhood is different. The birds have a mean streak about them. They’ve moved beyond quasi-domestication into full-blown subjugation mode. It’s like when your dog kicks you off the couch. Only the dog travels with 10 buddies who all have knives for feet.

This being a Clint Eastwood movie, I like to think of myself as the guy on the porch who’s finally had enough. He’s getting his shotgun and calling his friend. He’s going to send a message that being mean doesn’t excuse you from also being dumb. These are turkeys just begging to be hunted.

Join me as I chronicle my suburban hunt here on turkeyandturkeyhunting.com. I’ll be hunting a 5-acre plot of woods next to a swamp – and a few houses. Hunting nuisance wildlife in the suburbs is a growing trend, both in and out of turkey hunting. I’m looking forward to it.

What about you? Ever hunt the suburbs? Leave a comment below. Let’s share suburban turkey hunting tips and strategies.

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