Wisconsin DNR upland wildlife ecologist Mark Witecha and I will be guests on the The Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30. Mark will talk about the status of wild turkeys in the state and the outlook for Wisconsin’s spring hunt, which begins on April 13. We will both talk about the upcoming broadcast of the TV special I will host, Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin, which will air on multiple networks, starting at 9 p.m. April 7 on Milwaukee Public Television.
We’ll be posting a sneak preview of the show soon on YouTube, so watch for that as well.
This show, produced by Mark LaBarbera, of the Outdoor Heritage Education Center, and sponsored in part by the Wisconsin DNR and the National Wild Turkey Federation, will cover a wide range of topics that deal with the wild turkey and its reintroduction here in Wisconsin. You might not know this, but today’s statewide turkey flock of 300,000+ birds came from the introduction of several hundred turkeys in the Bad Axe watershed of La Crosse and Vernon counties back in 1976. Wisconsin traded wild ruffed grouse for wild turkeys with the state of Missouri, and the rest is history. We’ll cover that history and much more, including turkey biology, hunting opportunities, and diseases.
You’ll see some spectacular footage of wild turkeys up close and personal, doing their spring thing. If you’re a hunter, this show will get you fired up for the season. If you just enjoy watching turkeys, you’ll see some behavior you might rarely see in the field.
Don’t miss it!