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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. 

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!

Featured Content

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.

Swamp Thunder - The Habitat of the Osceola

In this Tom Opre film, we explore the enigmatic world of the Osceola turkey and the singular habitats where it lives. Threatened by habitat loss, invasive species and urban sprawl, the future of this species and our ability to pursue it is in our hands.

Latest Posts

Turkey Tuesday

Sounds that Make ‘Em Gobble

THROWBACK TT Aug 31, 2021 | This Turkey Tuesday is about the sounds that elicit a turkey gobble. As turkey hunters, we all await the first calls of a barred

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Podcasts

Dust Bowl – Turkey Season Podcast

00:00 Join host Paul Campbell on this riveting episode of the Turkey Season Podcast as he welcomes the esteemed Dr. Michael Chamberlain, a renowned wildlife biologist from the University of

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Turkey Tuesday

Toms Changing Course

This Turkey Tuesday is about changing course, as the groups of toms we’ve been seeing start to dissolve and disappear. As winter starts to wind down in parts of wild

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Turkey Tuesday

Beard Rot Does Not Exist

THROWBACK TT Sept 14, 2021 | This Turkey Tuesday is about melanin, the pigment that makes beards on wild turkeys black. Have you ever heard someone claim they harvested a

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Turkey Tuesday

Fall Shuffle of Wild Turkeys

THROWBACK TT Sept 21, 2021 | This Turkey Tuesday is about the fall shuffle. Ever wonder why you see turkeys consistently in spring/summer and then they disappear during fall, or

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Turkey Tuesday

Misconceptions About Bearded Hens

This Turkey Tuesday is about bearded hens and the various misconceptions about them. All wild turkeys, including hens, have a papillae – this is the specialized part of the skin

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Toms Changing Course

This Turkey Tuesday is about changing course, as the groups of toms we’ve been seeing start to dissolve and disappear. As winter starts to wind

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