Gobble the gobble?
This photo is from a feature I did for @atvridermagazine a few years back in Jackson Mississippi.
I have never been a hunter nor a person with carnivore tendencies. Because of my background I used to be against hunting until I was educated on the practice.
I understand that caring for animals and their ecosystems is not incompatible with participating in those systems as a predator. I recall how extreme the contradiction once seemed, but I now see how vital it is to bridge the gap.
My friends who hunt love animals and have more respect for wild creatures and saving their habitat than the majority of my freinds who buy there meat at the grocery store. I am not saying that all hunters are true environmentalist as my homies are. There are plenty of them that suck just like in any other aspect of humankind.
Today, wild turkeys are abundant across the State of Mississippi, but that hasn't always been the case. During the early 1900's, due to neglect for conservation and deforestation, turkeys were nearly hunted into extinction.
At the request of concerned sportsmen, natural resource pros began to trap wild turkeys from isolated pockets of habitat that still contained intact populations and move them to other regions of the state. Their efforts were successful. Today, the return of the wild turkey to Mississippi and much of the rest of the Southeastern United States is considered one of wildlife conservation's greatest success stories.
I am not going to tell anyone not to eat turkey. Hunting them as opposed to farmed turkeys makes sense to me.
In terms of the environment, farms have global impacts, which include land and water pollution, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, land-use change through deforestation and habitat change, and overexploitation of non-renewable resources.
Or I could be completely wrong on all of this.
Happy Turkey day.
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