In the years I have worked for the Department of Natural Resources, one of the most common tales I hear repeated involves dropping rattlesnakes from helicopters to control turkey populations. Some of you are convinced this happens; others frankly find the idea absurd. However, I have to field this question, or accusation, a few times every year, so I thought I would explore the topic in further detail.
Many wild turkeys may be struggling to survive the harsh winter in northern Wisconsin.
Bird expert Laura Erickson says in an average winter, turkeys are protected by their fat reserves. But a severe winter like this one is another matter.
“The problem is that they need a lot of food. And with the deep snows we’ve been having, it’s virtually impossible for them to find the acorns or other food items that they would normally get on the ground.”