2 | urkey Hunting Guide
WILD TURKEY IDENTIFICATION
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he wild turkey is the largest o North America’s game birds.
Gobblers have iridescent red, green, copper, bronzeand gold eathers. hey use these bright colors to greatadvantage when attracting emales during breeding season.
Hens have drab, usually brown or gray eathers.hey make great camoulage and hide hens when they sit ontheir nests.
A ew wild turkeys grow unusually coloredeathers. hese are known as color phases. here are ourcolor phases, a smokey gray color phase, a melanistic colorphase (all black), an erythritic color phase (reddish coloration)and an albino color phase (very rare).
Males have brightly colored, nearly eatherless heads. During breeding season, thecolor o their heads alternates between red, whiteand blue, oten changing in a ew seconds.
A hen’s head is gray-blue and has somesmall eathers or camoulage.
Caruncles and Snoods:
Both males and emaleshave leshy growths on their heads known ascaruncles. hey also both have snoods, leshy protrubances that hang over their bills andcan be extended or contracted at will. he snood o an adult male is usually much largerthan that o a emale.
(Source: National Wild Turkey Federation)
Adult males,known as toms orgobblers, normally weigh between 16and 24 pounds.Females, knownas hens, aresmaller thanmales and usually weigh between 8and 10 pounds.