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A gobbler strides atop the snow near a rural residence northwest of Proctor on Thursday morning. Nearby residents say they have seen the gobbler displaying this spring to attract a hen. (Bob King /

Harsh winter means tough times for wild turkeys

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Even with 2 or 3 feet of snow remaining on the ground, wild turkeys in the Northland cannot resist the call of love.

“My daughter found where one was strutting yesterday (Monday),” said Greg Kessler, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife manager at Brule. “The birds are just starting to show up in places they haven’t been. They’re getting the urge.”

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