One very good excuse to get outside is to hunt turkeys. Out of the six subspecies of turkeys in America, the variety that lives around Audubon County is the Eastern Wild Turkey. The Eastern Wild Turkey is, according to the National Wild Turkey Federation, a very mobile bird with excellent vision. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources website states that males weigh from 17 up to 30 pounds. During the spring turkey season, the birds are focused on mating. The only turkeys that one may harvest during the spring season are the males, also known as toms. Since the turkeys are focused on breeding, one must make the noises of a female turkey to lure a tom in. There are varying ways to make the required noise, and many different turkey calls are on the market for those in need.
In the next three weeks, quite a few students will be gearing up for turkey season. One Audubon High School turkey hunter is junior Kyle Juelsgaard. He said, “It takes a lot of time and patience, but turkey hunting is very exciting.” Many students will be pursuing turkeys this spring, both for the excitement and for a quality reason to get out of the house.