You spend a lot of time preparing for your next hunt: You’ve tested your equipment to make sure it’s working, you’ve scouted a prime location… Perhaps you’ve even made travel arrangements for your hunt of a lifetime. When that gobbler comes into view through your scope and he’s within shooting range, all that preparation will be worthwhile. But then what? P.J. Perea of the National Wild Turkey Federation says that despite their best preparations, many hunters are not prepared for legally tagging and transporting their bird post-hunt.

“When it comes to turkey hunting, some parts are more important than others. Especially the part after killing a bird and transporting it back to camp or home. Some states have rather specific requirements for tagging, registering, field dressing and transporting game animals after harvest. There are physical parts of a turkey that are very important to keep intact, as they will verify that you’ve killed a legal bird.”

Photo by: Ray L. Riojas

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.