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Ever Wonder What a Wild Turkey Eats?

Justin Hoffman

What the heck does a wild turkey eat? The Missouri Dept. of Conservation sheds some light on the subject.

We all love the taste of wild turkey. But have you ever stopped to ponder what these birds enjoy eating themselves?

Thanks to a study by the Missouri Dept. of Conservation, we now know the answer.

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Missouri Dept. of Conservation

The above image shows the variety of food collected from the ‘crop’ of a harvested hen turkey last fall. Before food is digested, it is held in the ‘crop’ – a muscular sack located near the throat. This temporary holding tank allows birds to eat a lot of food at once, whilst saving it to digest at a later time. Think of it as a doggy….I mean….turkey bag.

Food stuffs collected from this hen include corn, grasshoppers, spiders, cool-season grass seeds (top right), and nut sedge bulbs (to the left of the seeds).

It should be noted that this hen was harvested from an area that contained 25 percent farm ground, 60 percent Conservation Reserve Program land, and 15 percent timber.

And now you know.

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Ever Wonder What a Wild Turkey Eats?