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SPURRED - Story of Wild Turkey Research

A series from Wild Turkey Lab exploring the history of wild turkey research and the people who made it a success, both current and past. This is the Spotlight on Wayne Bailey with Dr. Mike Chamberlain and Brandon Smithwick from Wild Turkey Lab. It’s the first of several to come with information, facts, and stories that you’ll not want to miss.

We proudly partner with the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Stay tuned for updates throughout 2024. We have some really interesting and informative projects in the works together. 

We’ll see everyone at the NWTF convention in February!

Welcome to the Wild Turkey Lab®

We bring research to the real world through practical conversation.

Committed to creating the best access to the latest scientific research on wild turkeys and the landscapes they inhabit, the Wild Turkey Lab® serves as the definitive communication platform for science-driven information to benefit wild turkeys. By distributing content led by Dr. Mike Chamberlain, the Wild Turkey Lab® provides the most comprehensive collection of current research and meaningful historical works focused on wild turkeys. 

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Steven Rinella talks with Michael Chamberlain, Brody Henderson, Seth Morris, and Janis Putelis.

Topics discussed: Just how much is a unit of blood?; packin’ tourniquets; how Jani’s wife won’t give Steve weasel trapping permission; etymology; hunting turkeys with dogs; the kee-kee run; how many critters kill and eat turkeys?; the wild turkey Bermuda Triangle; more things that make a turkey gobble; mesomammals; lies your daddy told you about wildlife; song meters and gobbling data; some big turkeys get all of the love; will hunting go to hell?; having an incredible sense of place and a big home range; hatching into a social hierarchy; and more.

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