Something you don't see everyday- Turkey Nest

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  1. Maple_Ridge

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    My sweet Gal and I were out in the hardwoods today looking for a Bird for her, 1st season hunting. We rounded the corner on a trail, and seen a hen fly up into a tree. I had a suspicion and was right! Walked over, snooped around a little, and seen a clutch of 10 eggs! What a great find! And I got to share that with her!

    Didn't end up tagging a bird today but we enjoyed the outdoors together, what a great day! 20200426_094652.jpg
     
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    Interesting reaction amongst different hens! I was checking for morels around a dead elm behind the house and I heard a hiss. I was practically on top of her!
     
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    That is a really neat find. Unfortunately, as you may represent a predator to her, research says she’s likely to abandon that nest if she had started incubating. 10 days of egg laying may have been lost.
     
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    Last 2 years I've jumped a hen off her nest (no idea she was there). Both times I went back in the next day or 2 to set up a cam and the eggs were broken and scattered. What are the odds?

    2018, 26 eggs, that can't be from one hen??

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    2019

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  8. Steve

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    It is amazing to me that any of those birds survive with ground nests like that.
     
  9. Liver and Onions

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    Yep. Good chance that she won't return to that nest. I think we accidentally destroy a lot of nests. Not as many as coons, but a lot while we are hunting or hunting morels.

    L & O
     
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    This is the reason why many states in the NE stop hunting at 12noon or 1pm - many of the seasons start around May 1, and the thought is it keeps most people out of the woods while the older hens are actively sitting on the nest.

    Did the hen stay in the tree or fly off? If she flew off, the nest is most likely toast...
     
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    She flew I believe to a tree but I don't know for sure. She startled us, we didn't know where she was nesting at first. We happened to be walking down a trail through the woods. Figured while she was off the nest I would look for it. Will check again in 30 days or so to see what remains, hopefully she came back!
     
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    A turkey biologist on a recent MeatEater podcast said that 75% of turkey eggs never hatch, 75% of the ones that do never make it passed 4 weeks, and 75% of the ones that do never make it passed one year.
     
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    Life as a prey species is really tough.
     
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    After spending the last 3 days and hiking over 20 miles looking for turkeys up north, I’m pretty sure none o lf them make it....
     
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    1/4 x 1/4 x 1/4 = 1/64 survive.