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Nest Predators Everywhere by Grant Woods

Most folks know that raccoons, opossums, coyotes, snakes, rats, etc., are turkey nest predators. The mammal predators probably find the nest by trailing the hen. Wet hens have such a strong odor that even I can smell them.

There is an entirely different class of predators that uses a totally different technique. Crows primarily use their sense of vision to find turkey nests. Rarely are nests covered from the top and the off white eggs are probably very easy to spot from a bird’s eye view.

I placed a Reconyx UltraFire camera to monitor this turkey nest. It was disappointing to see a crow raiding the nest. This certainly fires me up to go crow hunting more!

With all the avian, mammal, and reptile predators in most areas, it’s a wonder that any eggs survive and easy to understand why often nine out of 10 turkey nests are predated before they hatch.

Growing and hunting critters together,

Grant

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Dr. Grant Woods
Dr. Grant Woods
Raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Dr. Grant Woods has consulted on wildlife research and management from Canada to New Zealand. A hunter since childhood, he not only knows how to grow big deer, but how to effectively hunt them as well. His work serves to improve deer herd quality and educate hunters about advanced management techniques.