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post #5 of (permalink) Old 10-04-2011, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by BruceBruce1959 View Post
I would say Yes from what I've seen, I do believe Turkey push deer around by consuming so much of the available food sources making it difficult for deer to browse comfortably.
A couple years ago I asked a biologist about this very subject and he agreed.
I spoke just last month with a guide from Maine about this very subject. It's his opinion that large flocks of turkeys, now roaming the Maine woods are causing some "feed" problems with the deer population. He described it as such: A deer will munch a few fallen acorns and mozy off. A flock of turkeys will stop under that same tree and eat every single acorn on the ground. Of course, feeding in fields it a bit different as the turkeys are eating seeds & bugs and the deer grasses & leaves mostly.

Anyway, I found his observations to be insightful and interesting.
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