Wild Turkeys: Hunting and Watching

Overview

Come along on this journey into the woods to observe, track, hunt, and enjoy the wild turkey.

The key to a successful wild turkey hunt is understanding the habits and habitat of this noble bird. An experienced veterinarian and hunter, John J. Mettler, Jr. has written a comprehensive guide for turkey hunters of all ages and skill levels.

Wild Turkeys will take you step by step through every apect of this exciting sport, including:

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Overview

Come along on this journey into the woods to observe, track, hunt, and enjoy the wild turkey.

The key to a successful wild turkey hunt is understanding the habits and habitat of this noble bird. An experienced veterinarian and hunter, John J. Mettler, Jr. has written a comprehensive guide for turkey hunters of all ages and skill levels.

Wild Turkeys will take you step by step through every apect of this exciting sport, including:

• Understanding wild turkey distribution, feeding patterns, and mating rituals

• Choosing safe and effective clothing, weapons, and equipment

• Dressing your turkey in the field

• Mounting a prize bird

• Photographing turkeys in their natural habitat

You'll also find 30 recipes to help you fully enjoy this rare delicacy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580170697
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/9/1998
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 717,979
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Mettler, Jr., D.V.M., is a retired large-animal veterinarian in upstate New York and has written several books on animals, including Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game and Horse Sense. An avid sportsman, his appreciation of the noble turkey was the inspiration for his most recent book, Wild Turkeys. John has written on a broad range of veterinary topics for various magazines and has written a veterinary column for American Agriculturist for over 20 years. He has professional memberships that include the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (past chairman), the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Society for Theriogenology, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue

Part I: The Noble Wild Turkey

1. History of the Wild Turkey

2. Appearance, Distribution, and Habitat

3. The Life of the Wild Turkey

Part II: The Hunt

4. The Ethics of Hunting

5. Clothing, Weapons, and Other Equipment

6. Safety

7. Spring Hunt

8. Fall Hunt

9. After the Hunt: From Bleeding to Butchering

10. Preserving Your Trophy

11. Photography for the Hunter and Nonhunter

Part III: The Feast

12. Recipes — Collected and Compiled by Elinor Mettler

Part IV: The Future

13. The Next Generation

Appendixes

State and Provincial Game Commissions

Wild Turkey Hunting Seasons

Glossary

Sources

Magazines

Associations

Suppliers

IndeX

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