Increased hours of daylight in the longer days of early spring stimulate hormones in wild turkeys to prepare them for the spring mating season.
Gobbling will increase. Flocks will begin moving around more and start breaking up. Toms, which had no interest in hens all winter, will start following the lady birds around.
A tom knows he’s got to look good in the game of love. This jake primps and preens in the sunshine to look good for the ladies. Soon he will be stylin’ and profilin’ in full strut in his first spring. LOL.
Really, he could be just catching parasites.