TWRA: For the love of turkeys, delay cutting the hay

Hay field being cut / Source: TWRA

(WVLT) -- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says to delay cutting your hay for turkeys' sake.

According to TWRA, peak nesting season for turkeys began in late April and continues through May and into June. Wild turkeys prefer to nest in relatively thick vegetation about one to three feet high. Hay fields fit that description.

"The problem is that hayfields start getting cut before nesting attempts are completed," TWRA said on Facebook.

"If wild turkeys populations are a concern and managing for wild turkeys is an objective of a landowner, then delaying the first cutting if possible until after the peak of hatching occurs may allow more of these nests to be successful."

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