5 Useful Tips For ‘Shooing’ Those Wild Turkeys Out Of Your Colorado Yard
Maybe you've seen one or two turkeys wandering your neighborhood. Maybe, you live in an area of Colorado where you see a dozen or more at the time, out on the loose.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife estimates that there are around 35,000 wild turkeys in Colorado. A lot of folks might joke: "Well, it looks like ALL of them are in my backyard."
If you have a farm, turkeys can be great for your yard. When you live within city limits and a bunch of turkeys are hanging around, it's a little "weird." They're friendly, and don't really bother anybody, but.. it's weird, right?
A house in Loveland, Colorado, has seen upwards of 40 wild turkeys wandering their neighborhood and yard.
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY TURKEYS IN YOUR COLORADO YARD?
It could be your area: Woods, grasslands, farmlands. It could be pet food that they're smelling near your home.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF TURKEYS IN YOUR YARD IN COLORADO?
This seems like a very good question; most of us know that you can't just shoot a turkey, wherever you see one, in Colorado. You have to have a license to do so, and can only hunt in specific locations. So, what do you do?
According to the Humane Society of the United States, try these five good tips:
- WAVE YOUR ARMS, MAKE SOME NOISE
"Hey, you turkeys! Move along! I'm a crazy person, who wants no part of your shenanigans"
- A LEASHED DOG MIGHT SCARE THEM OFF
Your dog probably has something to say about these things in the yard, let them say it.
- KEEP POPPING AN UMBRELLA OPEN IN THEIR DIRECTION
This is probably to make like there is a BIG turkey in their line of sight. Or, there's a chance of rain, and they should avoid the storm.
- DOUSE THE TURKEYS WITH A WATER HOSE OR A SQUIRT GUN
Nobody likes getting the hose.
- THROW TENNIS BALLS AT THEM
"Honey, get me my Spalding can ... we got some turkeys! I'm going to go all 'McEnroe' on 'em!"
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