From the Texas AgriLife Extension Service – Wildlife & Fisheries

Wild Turkeys

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Of the three subspecies in Texas, which one is most numerous?

A. The Rio Grande wild turkey is the most numerous and has the widest range of the three subspecies in Texas. Only a small pocket of Merriam’s wild turkeys can be found in deep western Texas near the New Mexico border. Eastern wild turkeys are making a rebound now, with population reintroductions. Historically, the range of eastern birds was generally from the Trinity River and eastward.

Q. Is it true that only toms (males) have beards?…

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