The Wild Turkey...

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Bonedigger, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. Bonedigger

    Bonedigger New Member

    Very early this morning (5:00 AM, MST) I was up and out in the snow feeding the animals and while it was dark I distinctly heard the call of a Wild Turkey, "WTH..." I thought. They never come around here with our dogs and all, but then again here did that 'gobble' come from?

    Little while ago while reading a post and sipping coffee I heard it again just outside the front door!!! and grabbed the camera. I wasn't disappointed, apparently we've now got a flock of turkeys. :) :) :) I can now see why Ben Franklin wanted the Wild Turkey as our national bird and subsequently on our coin and currency. What are your thoughts on having the Wild Turkey instead of the Bald Eagle?

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  3. bqcoins

    bqcoins Olympic Figure Skating Scoring System Expert

    That is a beautiful shot bone, the only problem with the turkey being our national bird is that they taste so delicious
  4. Ardatirion

    Ardatirion Où est mon poisson

    Ha! We had a wild turkey in our yard the other day too. Which is a bit more surprising considering that we're in suburban New Jersey!
  5. clembo

    clembo A closed mind is no mind

    You sure it wasn't Wild Turkey in the coffee cup?
  6. Bonedigger

    Bonedigger New Member

    You know I almost grabbed my shotgun instead of the camera and nobody would have known, wife and girls are at church... ') Yep, could have been cleaning a couple now but my Nature/Wildlife Conservation side told me not to, so... You have some pictures :)

    As far as coins go, it would have been nice to have a couple of "Big Old" silver coins with Liberty on one side and a Wild Turkey taking off in flight on the other. Yep, that would be sweet...

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  7. Bonedigger

    Bonedigger New Member

    Awesome, wish you had pics. :) They're (turkeys) making a comeback nationwide after the curtailment of some of those nasty pesticides. I really would like to see a Franklin/Turkey ASE or Commemorative Silver Dollar.
  8. rotobeast

    rotobeast Old Newbie

    We have turkeys everywhere around where I live.
    The are some smart buggers.
    I'd be happy with them on a coin and even as the national bird.
  9. Cloudsweeper99

    Cloudsweeper99 Treasure Hunter

    A Thanksgiving Day commemorative with a turkey would be a nice addition.

    Also, people shouldn't be surprised that New Jersey has wildlife. We have wild turkeys, turkey vultures, racoons, white tailed deer, fox, eagles, black bear and assorted other animals throughout probably 75% of the state.
  10. clembo

    clembo A closed mind is no mind

    Good point Cloudsweeper99,

    Many people generally dont have a clue as to how much wildlife is still out there. Now black bear in New Jersey did surprise me!

    I'm about 30 miles from Chicago and we have all of the above in this area except black bear. I've seen coyotes on a few occasions as well. Give these critters a bit of space and they do ok.

    As for raccoons. Man, it's a constant battle with me. They get into EVERYTHING. Finally bought a live trap and got a big, fat one last week. Let it out in the woods several miles from home because they find their way back.

    Biggest "pests" around here are raccoons, oppossums and geese. TONS of geese.
  11. rotobeast

    rotobeast Old Newbie

    We've got Bald Eagle to Bigfoot in my area and it's only 10 minutes out of town to be in the thick of it.
    As far as transplanting trapped animals, I've found it best to make sure you take the animal on the other side of a river from your house, Clem.
  12. Bonedigger

    Bonedigger New Member

    Bigfoot... Yep, that Ohio River draws them in... ;)
  13. rotobeast

    rotobeast Old Newbie

  14. clembo

    clembo A closed mind is no mind

    Thanks Roto,

    The last one was let loose in thw woods on the banks of a creek. Figured there's food there. Now that I think of it it's aslo on the other side of a river.

  15. huntsman53

    huntsman53 Supporter**

    I already bagged one so far this Spring Gobbler Season and hope to tag at least one more! The Wild Turkeys are so plentiful in Tennessee now, we are allowed to bag 4 in a year.

    I am glad that the Wild Turkey was not made the National Symbol as I would hate to kill a National Symbol just to have some fresh Turkey breast! I believe that the founding Fathers made the right choice in making the Bald Eagle the National Symbol and using the colors of a Wild Gobbler's head for the Flag.

  16. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    They have invaded the California suburbs!


    "Look at them, strolling down the street just like they own the place"

    More pictures:
  17. coleguy

    coleguy Coin Collector

    The advantage to having an eagle grace our coinage is that it's a bird that can be seen in every part of every state in the union. Where I live, most people have never seen a turkey that hasn't been wrapped and frozen and ready for cooking.
  18. Jhonn

    Jhonn Team Awesome

    When the wife and I would stay up in Maine, we'd always see a few big wild turkeys. Always amazing to see how big they are. 'Course, we're both vegetarian, so we wouldn't be eating them, national symbol or not. :)

    I was surprised the other day to see a fox run down my street, considering we live in downtown Denver! Maybe it scurried over from City Park...
  19. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    We've got 'em here on Long Island and no Clem, that ain't wild turkey in my coffee cup.
  20. tommypski

    tommypski Coinaholic

    mmmmmmmm, turkey. I would love to see a coin with some oven roasted turkey and gravy being poured on it, and on the reverse maybe a live turkey dipping some bacon in a bucket of hot gravy. mmmmmmm, gravy!
  21. Speedy

    Speedy Researching Coins Supporter

    I'm counting down the days till Sat! That is opening day around here and I can't wait!

    Ben Franklin had a good idea and while I wouldn't mind it on coins, I like Turkey better on the table!

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