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Possums and Ticks - who knew?


BSmaster

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Pulled the first tick of the season off my daughter yesterday, and had two more climbing on me.  Going to be a rough year, especially for spring gobbler season.  Looks like I should get a few opossums!

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Yeah it's tough for me to kill a opossum when I see them for that reason. I don't like them because they get into turkey nests but eat ticks.

 

 

you honestly think the 5-10 or so opossum you probably come in contact with and could kill a year REALLY makes a dent in the turkey population?

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Yes absolutely! An opossum can take out multiple nests, usually 12-14 eggs at a time. When it's a wet spring they track the hens easier by scent trailing them to their nest. They, skunks and raccoons are the biggest killers of turkeys.

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Actually crows are the biggest predator of turkey eggs. along with possums raccoons snakes fox and coyotes. The average mortality rate from the egg to flyup after hatching is 80%. After that each years mortality is 50%. Tuff being a turkey ain't it 

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