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Turkey Vultures

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by jason1965, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. jason1965

    jason1965 mil-surp collector Forum Contributor

    I was just wondering if it is illegal to shoot a turkey vulture.
    I've looked through all the state of N.H. Books and can't find anything about them.

  2. ChaZam

    ChaZam G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor


    ^ Lots of information at that link. Your question is probably answered in the "Status" section at the bottom.
  3. jason1965

    jason1965 mil-surp collector Forum Contributor

    Great article Rex,thanks for posting it.
    Guess I won't blow them away when I see them in the trees in my back yard.
  4. 99dragon99

    99dragon99 G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

  5. Lightweight

    Lightweight G&G Enthusiast

    Turkey vultures are all over up here, I-5 and Hwy 99 gives them plenty to eat. Pretty certain the vulture is the California state bird... oh wait, we gave it a friendlier name than that: California Condor! Now doesn't that sound like something worth banning all lead ammunition state-wide???

    But Condor or Vulture, I don't think they qualify as a pest or game animal - so I'd assume it's a no-go.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2013
  6. jason1965

    jason1965 mil-surp collector Forum Contributor

  7. texnmidwest

    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

    Just remember...."It ain't illegal till ya get caught." Tickle from Moonshiners.
  8. variolamajor

    variolamajor G&G Evangelist

    Turkey Vultures are protected under The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. To possess even a feather is a federal crime. They are ugly - but protected.
  9. Sav .250

    Sav .250 G&G Evangelist

    I guess now you know....
  10. jason1965

    jason1965 mil-surp collector Forum Contributor

    Yup,sure do.
  11. variolamajor

    variolamajor G&G Evangelist

    I had to look this one up. I see them occasionally around here - although it's been a few years now- and I was pretty sure they were protected but who can remember everything these days. :D
  12. jason1965

    jason1965 mil-surp collector Forum Contributor

    Yup,a lot of things are not illegal unless you get caught.:yup::yup::yup::yup:
  13. Tack Driver

    Tack Driver G&G Evangelist

    I always thought it was illegal to kill them, I accidentally killed one with my truck last year. He didn't move out of the road quick enough :D
  14. davidnh

    davidnh G&G Addict

    I see them around my area as well.I actually saw many of them last week.When we were in NC
  15. mauser9

    mauser9 G&G Evangelist

    Even got em here in Northeast. Wouldn't mind blastin em if legal. Never had vultures, coyote, or turkeys in my area when I was a kid. Deer came around my area like crazy 15 years back. Still travel out of state once in a while so I can use my favorite rifle.
  16. mauser9

    mauser9 G&G Evangelist

    Hey David find a place in N. Carolina yet? Sounds like a good move to me.
  17. jason1965

    jason1965 mil-surp collector Forum Contributor

  18. davidnh

    davidnh G&G Addict

    Hey there Mauser9 re NC,well we went there last week,Did about 800 mileson the renta lchecking out cities and towns,I posted on the NC forum area, We eliminated some areas .So we can narrow down our job search,and areas we would like to work and live.We really enjoyed our time down there. I will keep everyone posted,Thanks for asking Mauser,David
  19. jason1965

    jason1965 mil-surp collector Forum Contributor

    How long have you lived in N.H.

    Posted From Gun & Game Mobile!
  20. Fisch

    Fisch G&G Regular

    Regardless of family, all vultures play a significant role in keeping our ecosystem healthy and clean. Vultures do not hunt live prey, but act as[​IMG] scavengers feeding on the carcasses of dead animals. The acid in their stomachs is highly corrosive, facilitating the digestion of decomposing carcasses infected with diseases such as anthrax, cholera, botulinum toxin, and rabies that would be lethal to other scavengers. Despite first impressions, vultures are actually very hygienic animals. Featherless or lightly feathered heads and necks help to keep vultures clean as they feed.
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