Wild Turkey: Demystifying Your Body Language

Wild Turkey: Demystifying Your Body Language


When the king of gallinaceans gesticulates, struts or opts for a different behavior, it's a safe bet that there is a trigger.

Du From April 28 to May 9, nemrods in zones 3, 11, 12, 13, 15, 26, 27 will be able to harvest a wild turkey with a beard. In zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, the period will extend until May 22. The holder of a license has the right to take a first turkey anywhere in the zones listed above, but his second must come from zones 4 to 10.

An expert

For Mario Huot, hunting is much more than a passion. He made it his job. In addition to hosting the TV show Road Hunt on TVA Sport, making informative capsules and participating in exhibitions, he is the owner of the agency Aventures express.com.

< p>“Of all the animals I have hunted in North America, he is one of the most interactive, but he is also one of the most frustrating. Sometimes easy, sometimes impossible, harvesting this game becomes an ultimate challenge each season,” explains Mr. Huot with conviction.

To interpret

White-tailed deer enthusiasts know that this nervous beast essentially communicates with its body. Certain distinctive signs explain in detail his moods. Just look at his tail to immediately know if he is anxious and scared or relaxed. When he scratches, you immediately think of the rut, and rubbing, of the delimitation of the territory.

According to Mario's words, the language of the turkey includes more than 29 different sounds and cries . Most hunters are familiar with six or seven, including the most popular, yelp, cut, purr, put , the tree call, the keekee run and the gobble


“As a successful hunter, it is important to try to understand the wild turkey's body language, which in many cases acts as an indicator of its mood, state of mind and intentions. “says Mario Huot. Here is the essence of his remarks on the subject:

By looking at the head of an adult male, one can perceive how he feels. When it displays shades of white, blue and red, we know it is relaxed. On the other hand, when he is excited or angry, his head will be engorged with blood and it will be dark red, pure white and royal blue. 

The pendant is the fleshy protuberance hanging from the head of the male, which hangs to the side of its beak. She is by no means insignificant. Mario compares the pendant to the penis in man. It can be at rest and sometimes erect in the face of emotion or excitement. It contracts and expands at the slightest reaction. 


The wattles are the most visible attributes at long distance. Located at the base of the neck, its bright colors clearly indicate excitement or aggression to those around it. When it is flagrant, of a bright and dark red, all the congeners of the gang realize who is the dominant of the group. Always rely on the changing colors of your bird's head, if they go from bright to bland in seconds, this cunning and wary winged game bird has doubts about your scheme. It is then necessary to react immediately and restore her confidence and excite her by imitating the coveted female in heat.

The full range 

The full strut, is when the wings of the male fall on each side of his body while touching the ground. The tail is then in an upright and fanned position, its feathers on the back and on the chest are erect to give the impression to others that it is taller and fatter. It usually follows a jerky courtship and a bizarre spitting sound clearly indicating his intentions of dominance and arousal.

Strut is the ritual that the male performs when he struts about in the snow or in the middle of summer. This exercise is not intended to indicate that the mating season has begun, but rather to establish a hierarchy, as the moose does. This dominance will influence the females until he forms his harem. 


When the turkey is leaning 45 degrees forward, it is nervous and curious and trying to understand what is going on. It is important to remain still at this time. After a while his body language will tell you that he has calmed down. his muscles after a hard night. This sign rather indicates that he is about to return to the forest to eat or to clear off, because he has perceived a sign of danger. If the distance is reasonable, prepare to shoot.

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