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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wild Turkeys: Hunting and Watching

John J. Mettler (Author)

Wild turkeys are mentioned often in early American history. Benjamin Franklin even championed the wild turkey rather than the bald eagle for recognition as our national bird. Although the wild turkey was once nearly extinct in North America, it has seen a dramatic population increase within the past two decades. There are now 4.5 million nationwide as a result of stocking and restoration efforts. Mettler's book is a complete guide to understanding, hunting, dressing, and cooking these noble birds. The author covers habits, including feeding patterns, mating rituals, and distribution. Recommendations on weapons and equipment, clothing, and safety measures to aid in a successful hunt are also provided. The field-dressing process and proper handling of the turkey carcass are covered, as are step-by-step mounting instructions. Thirty recipes and sources for further information are provided. Fred Egloff

"Wild Turkeys is an excellent book..." -- Former President Jimmy Carter

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