Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wild Turkeys: Tensions Rising

Day by day the tensions are rising in the wild turkey flocks.  The breeding season is still some time off but the gobblers are becoming more aggressive as they vie for dominance. 

A flock of jakes (yearling males) surround a mature gobbler

Vastly outnumbered, the mature gobble breaks and runs with the jakes in hot pursuit

The gobbler continued to run until the jakes gave up the chase

In the coming weeks the aggression will continue to build as the spring mating season approaches.  Fights will occur where a pair of gobblers will fight to exhaustion.  I'm hoping a good fight will occur in front of my camera as it did in February of 2010.


Montanagirl said...

Wasn't that fight in February of 2011? LOL. Spring Fever must have hit you already!

Brian King said...

I hope you catch some good fights, too! I guess when all else fails, just gang up on the big guy!

Coy Hill said...

Montanagirl, thanks for pointing out my typo. Yeah I have spring fever but at least I linked to the right post in 2010 :) thanks again!

Greg (Accessible Hunter) said...

great pictures, thanks for posting