Spring Turkey season has arrived in Montana. Just spend a few short minutes outside, and you will hear the sounds of nature waking up from its winter nap. Other than the return of songbirds in the spring, my favorite sound to hear is the sound of an adult turkey gobbling. For me, it is not officially spring until you hear that sound echo down the valley. The distinct sound of a gobble in springtime is reminiscent of hearing an elk bugle in the fall. It can send chills down your spine.

In my experience, hunting turkeys is the closest I will ever get to hunting a dinosaur. These creatures are interesting birds for sure. Nature made both one of the ugliest and most beautiful creatures in one package. Nature also made them pretty onery, giving them both a heightened sense of self-preservation as well as an aggressive willingness to attack.

Why are turkeys attacking me?

People in rural areas are seeing more and more turkeys arrive each day. In some neighborhoods, turkeys have even become a nuisance, attacking everything from the mail carrier to the family dog. They are even chasing children and grown adults. Not to mention breaking and entering into homes.

Turkeys are thugs!

According to Mass.gov

Wild turkeys that become accustomed to humans and human-associated foods, like bird seed, are likely to lose their fear of people and can cause damage or attempt to dominate people. Once bold behavior is established, it can be very difficult to change. Don’t hesitate to scare or threaten a bold, aggressive turkey with loud noises, swatting with a broom or water sprayed from a hose.

As Montana hunters take to the field this weekend for Montana's Spring Turkey Season, we salute the brave men and women that are on the frontlines of the battle against turkeys. Good luck bagging your bird!

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