Indiana NWTF Turkey Tip – Provide Good Habitat

NWTF Indiana – Turkey Tips: Wild turkey hens need good habitat to nest and raise their poults. Turkeys, like ruffed grouse and other ground nesting birds, rely upon good cover to hide them from predators. Hens often nest near downed logs mixed with young vegetation and grasses. Some of the best habitat is the forest edge and recently logged areas that are starting to grow back. The sunlight causes new growth which provides nesting cover, seeds, berries, insects, and other foods. Young poults need grassy clearings to hunt for high-protein insects. When managing your wooded areas, be sure to leave plenty of cover and open areas.

By D. Gordon E. Robertson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
Here’s another tip: Join the NWTF and support your local chapter. Many chapters are active in improving turkey habitat on public lands. The best part? If the habitat if perfect for wild turkeys, its perfect for deer and other wildlife, such as ruffed grouse and quail. Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt, for all of us.

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Alan Garbers
Alan James Garbers – Alan is passionate for the outdoors. He enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, canoeing, photography, writing, woodworking, and more. He loves exploring the BWCAW in northern Minnesota, roaming the deserts of Arizona, or hiking the mountains of Colorado. He has lived in Minnesota, Hawaii, Mississippi, Florida, Colorado, Arizona, and Indiana. From hunting rattlesnakes to black bear and fishing for catfish to muskie, he loves it all. Since 1989 his writing credits have included Indiana Outdoor News, Indiana Game & Fish, Muzzle Blasts, Outdoor Guide Magazine, Fur-Fish-Game, Boundary Waters Journal, Boys’ Quest, Fun For Kidz, Mother Earth News, Cricket, Small Farm Today, American Careers, Arizona Hunter & Angler, Old West, and others. Fiction credits include StarTrek Strange New Worlds Anthologies IV, V, and 08. Alan recently complied an anthology of his popular column, Behind The Badge: True Stories of Indiana’s Conservation Officers. It is available in e-reader format and found at Amazon and other on-line book retailers. Alan is a member of AGLOW and HOW.


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