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Successful Youth Hunt Bags Wild Turkey

Gardena, Idaho – Bo Biggers, 11 years old and first time turkey hunter, bagged this bird in the Horseshoe Bend area above Gardena with 1 well-placed shot. “Bo is quite an impressive and proficient young hunter with a love for the land, ranching traditions and healthy respect for wildlife . It is nice to see hunting traditions preserved by youth like Bo Biggers,” according to Edith Williams who witnessed the hunt. When asked what Bo will do with the bird he mentioned “Turkey Alfredo”.   Youth hunting season starts first in advance of the general season.  The thought is that the youth get a chance to bag a turkey before they become more spooked by general season hunters. Youth can now hunt with the adults until season ends on May 25th.  There is also a fall turkey season. The general tag is for spring and fall each year.

Bo Biggers shows his first turkey bagged during the Youth Hunt above Gardena/Horseshoe Bend area.  Photo credit: Edith Williams

The wild turkeys meat is often strong tasting but people say it is all in how you cook it.  Some recipes call for marinating overnight to mellow the flavors.  Some recipes suggest a slow cooking method such as a crock pot. Other uses of a wild turkey is for keeping the feathers for crafting. The tail makes a nice fan of feathers. Other people like to take their turkey to a taxidermist.  Many ideas and preparations are available to research.  It is best to have a plan before going out hunting because there are a variety of things that should be done before bringing the turkey home. To field dress or not depends if the bird will go to a taxidermist.  Hunting for the meat requires a different preparation out in the field.  Always have a plan.
Turkey Fun Facts:

A group of turkeys sometimes called a flock are also called a “crop”, “dole”, “gang”, “posse”, and “raffle.”  Adult male turkeys are called toms and females are called hens. Very young birds are poults and adolescents are called jakes.

A turkey can run up to 25 miles per hour.  They can fly up to 55 mph at short distances.  Their gobble can be heard a mile away. At night turkeys will sleep in trees.

Facts provided by the National Wildlife Federation.


Written by Jane Juroch – BCC Staff

Photo Credits: Edith Williams -BCC Contributor

2 Comments on Successful Youth Hunt Bags Wild Turkey

  1. Sarah Liggett // April 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm //

    Turkeys were released on Drybuck before you were born, sorry.

  2. Edith Williams // April 20, 2017 at 10:51 am //

    These pictures also show wild turkeys encroaching on my privately owned flock. What started with and excited “Oh look -7 wild turkeys just walked into the barnyard” in 2013 turned into a 76 wild turkey nuisance by the winter of 2016/2017 with no tangible relief from Fish and Game, or compensation for the damage they caused to the landscape or loss of feed for my birds. More often than not, these wild turkeys, courtesy of Fish and Game’s revenue creation efforts, have become a major headache for poultry farmers like myself and other crop farmers across the state. Yet Idaho Code does not provide for fair compensation due to turkey damage, nor does Idaho Code allow for a kill and salvage permit as it does for predators causing damage to livestock.

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