In 2006 the Oklahoma Legislature designated the Wild Turkey as Oklahoma's official game bird:
§ 98.13. State Game BirdWild Turkeys are a large ground-dwelling bird with long powerful legs, a large fan-shaped tail, and a bare head and neck which can appear reddish turning to blue. Adult birds can weight about 18 lbs, be around 45" in size, and have a wingspan of 49" to 57". The males are larger than the females, with much more prominent beard. The males have an explosive gobble. The females a nasal yelp.
The Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo is hereby designated and adopted as the state game bird of the State of Oklahoma.
Wild Turkeys shouldn't be confused with the Domesticated Turkey. The Domesticated Turkey is descended from the Wild Turkey, and is most likely to be on your Thanksgiving Day table.
Wild Turkeys can be found in all 77 counties in Oklahoma.
Hunting season for the Wild Turkey occurs statewide in the spring and fall. Visit the Oklahoma Wildlife Department for exact dates and regulations.
More Information About Wild Turkeys:
- All About Birds: Wild Turkey
- Wikipedia: Wild Turkey
- Oklahoma Wildlife Dept: Turkeys
- OKInsider.com: OK-House talks turkey...
- birdsofoklahoma.net: Wild Turkey
§ 87. Bird Day
May 1st of each year is hereby established as "Bird Day" in Oklahoma, to be commemorated in such manner as the Societies for the Preservation of Wildlife may prescribe, from time to time.