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.

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.

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Turkey Tuesday

Vocabulary of Wild Turkeys

This Turkey Tuesday is about turkey talk. When we think about the vocabulary of the wild turkey, gobbling obviously comes to mind as it’s the call us turkey hunters cherish.

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Turkey Tuesday

Wild Turkey See, Wild Turkey Do

This Turkey Tuesday is about the development of behaviors in wild turkeys, which often seem to resemble what we think of as playing games. Wild turkeys have obvious behaviors we

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Turkey Tuesday

A True Omnivore

This Turkey Tuesday is about being a true omnivore – meaning you eat both plants and animals. Wild turkeys are true omnivores and are adapted to grab and process many

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Turkey Tuesday

How Gobbles of Subspecies Differ

This Turkey Tuesday is about gobbles – in this case, how they differ as you move from one subspecies and landscape to another. The Gould’s in this picture is ripping

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Turkey Tuesday

Gobbling in the Fall

This Turkey Tuesday is about gobbling – in this case, during the fall well before breeding season approaches. When us turkey hunters think about gobbling, our minds often wander to

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Turkey Tuesday

From Jake to Adult

This Turkey Tuesday is about growing up – in this case, the transition from being a jake to being an adult. The other day while archery hunting, I was blessed

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Turkey Tuesday

Covering Your Tail

This Turkey Tuesday is about covering your tail, or in popular slang, the ole CYA! Like other birds, wild turkeys have feathers called coverts that cover the bases of the

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Turkey Tuesday

Do Wild Turkeys Travel Long Distances?

This Turkey Tuesday is about the spring shuffle and the old saying of “here today, gone tomorrow”. Wild turkeys are obviously mobile creatures and can travel long distances in short

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Turkey Tuesday

When Jakes Start to Grow Up

This Turkey Tuesday is about jakes, and what happens to them when they’re no longer youngsters. Turkey hunters love seeing big groups of jakes because those jakes represent the future

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A True Omnivore

This Turkey Tuesday is about being a true omnivore – meaning you eat both plants and animals. Wild turkeys are true omnivores and are adapted

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