Raising Wild Turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by CNCMETAL, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. CNCMETAL

    CNCMETAL New Egg

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    I am interested raising Eastern or Rio Grande Wild turkeys in north Texas for purpose of re-stocking the wildlife in that county and eating a few. I have seen blogs of people doing this but I can't find where to get the first birds or eggs. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Contact your local game warden for advice on whether or not your plans are legal. They can get you started on the process that will provide you with any required permits to legally do what you are planning and where to get the turkeys or eggs to get you started or let you know if it is not allowed. Most states frown very seriously upon people taking it upon themselves to "stock" fish or wildlife and typically have strict guidelines relating to these matters.
     
  3. CNCMETAL

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    Thanks R2, I will heed that advise!
     
  4. Rwood5093

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    That's really good advice. Lots of places sell Eastern wild turkeys, but here in SC we could get into quite a bit trouble for importing or raising. Just an example. I think all other species are fine, just the natives that present an issue.
     
  5. R2elk

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  6. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are the states you can not have wild turkey eggs or live wild turkeys: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
     
  7. R2elk

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    The OP is in Texas which has some of the most liberal game laws of all of the states.
     
  8. CNCMETAL

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    Thanks Indigo that's awesome!
     
  9. CNCMETAL

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    R2, Indigo, great news!! We have a call to Texas Parks and Wildlife about help to accomplish this. We are very close to Hagerman wildlife Reserve and are hoping we can help restore some of the population. We also hope to obtain a Wildlife Tax exempt for our effort. I am at retirement age and hunted all my life. I now hunt with a camera. I am excited to have an opportunity to give back to nature. Once we get our house built on the property it will be "chicken time" for me to learn that experience also. Yes, I am a city guy from Dallas but have a country heart. We are also studying bee's to raise. Gotta have that pollen!
     

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