Ed Leutwiler, a longtime volunteer with Missouri Department of Conservation, has led an annual turkey-watching hike the weekend before Thanksgiving for more than 10 years. He explained some facts about wild turkeys at Rockwood Reservation in west St. Louis County. Credit: (Rebecca Rivas/Missouri Independent)

In Missouri, the wild turkey was once so plentiful that people could’ve walked out their back doors and killed one for dinner. But by the 1930s, the population dropped to just a couple thousand, as more and more land was being used for agriculture and development. Read more

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