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Talkin' Turkey: Catching Poachers

The National Wild Turkey Federation is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to make sure illegal hunting activity comes to an end.

Bill Marvin of the National Wild Turkey Federation says, "This is a mounted bird that is radio controlled with two servos that allow it to move, and it has a speaker."

It is a robo turkey, and it's the latest technology to help the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement team do its job, and the team wants to "talk turkey" about its plans for the feathery robots.

COL Julie Jones of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says, "With the unethical or illegal hunters, this allows us to target them."

Robo turkeys are not cheap, at about $700 a piece, and, of course, since they're used out in the wild, there's a lot of wear and tear, especially if they get shot, but that's the whole idea.

The lifelike birds are put out in areas where it's illegal to hunt turkeys. The fake fowl are used to turn the tables by hunting and luring the hunters.

Bill Marvin says, "It also might be used by someone who [has] taken them out of season."

Either way, FWC says these electronic birds make catching unethical hunters a turkey shoot. The National Wild Turkey Federation has donated a total of 15 birds and says it will continue the team effort with the FWC.


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