New Turkey Hunting Weapon


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Airwolf
April 2, 2003, 11:45 AM
http://www.leadertelegram.com/story.asp?id=25056

4/1/2003 2:10:51 PM

Bird brained

I-94 driver fowls out as turkey crashes into windshield.

Leader-Telegram Staff
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In a split second, Ben McGriff saw the big, dark flash headed right for his car.

“Before I even had time to react -- boom!” he said.

Though he’s not a turkey hunter by choice, McGriff nabbed quite the gobbler Monday morning.

McGriff, a software engineer from Waukesha, was driving alone on Interstate 94 a few miles east of Eau Claire when a wild turkey flew out from nearby trees and smashed through the windshield, passed between the two front-seat headrests and landed in the backseat.

http://www.leadertelegram.com/photos/large/sk_TurkeyCrash11_040103.jpg

The male bird shattered the passenger side of the windshield, broke the interior dome light and shed feathers throughout the car and on McGriff’s clothing.

“It’s a rental car, so fortunately it’s not my car,” he said.

McGriff said the bird didn’t make noise or flop around after clobbering the car.

“I didn’t feel a thing except for the glass flying,” said McGriff, 28, who was uninjured.

Not knowing what else to do, he drove a few more miles with the dead bird in back.

“I was pretty much shaken up so maybe I missed an (earlier) exit that I could have taken,” he said.

After a few strange looks from passing drivers, he left the interstate at Highway 93 and stopped at the Speedway Superamerica gas station, 2806 Golf Road.

“He didn’t seem that nervous until I told him he was lucky it didn’t kill him,” Speedway employee Dave Markow said.

As gas station patrons lingered by the car and looked at the bird, they asked if McGriff had plans to get the bird mounted.

“I guess I made a pretty good kill,” he said. “I got to take a feather or two for a souvenir.”

McGriff had rented the Oldsmobile Alero for the past few weeks from Avis.

He had extended coverage, so Avis will pick up the repair bill, said Sarah Fulkerson, station manager at Avis’ Eau Claire office. She provided McGriff with a replacement car.

“I don’t know what to do with that,” said Fulkerson, holding a big plastic bag and staring at the bird. “That’s insane. That’s gross too.”

Fulkerson said people occasionally hit deer with rental cars, but “turkeys are a new one,” she said.

McGriff, who was traveling for business, said he’d been making the same 250-mile trip from Waukesha to Menomonie for several weeks.

“Never hit (a turkey) before. Never even saw one,” he said. “I’m going to have to get hazard pay or something.”

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SquirrelNuts
April 3, 2003, 03:26 AM
Reminds me of The Firing Line post about the deer that jumped over the overpass and hit the Red Dodge Durango and ended up in the passenger seat.

-SquirrelNuts

Tropical Z
April 3, 2003, 01:04 PM
:what:

Art Eatman
April 3, 2003, 02:15 PM
Good thing for him it wasn't a buzzard!

:barf: :barf: :barf:

Art

sm
April 3, 2003, 05:57 PM
Yikes!!

Lucky, yes very lucky indeed

Watchman
April 6, 2003, 12:08 AM
Supper !

Bruz
April 6, 2003, 12:23 AM
Good thing for him it wasn't a buzzard!

Good thing elephants can't fly! :neener:

SIGarmed
April 6, 2003, 03:09 PM
What is weird is that turkeys don't fly. Why did the turkey hit the windsheild?

Watchman
April 6, 2003, 03:56 PM
What is weird is that turkeys don't fly. Why did the turkey hit the windsheild?

You are kidding right ?

The domestic turkeys dont fly cause they are too fat and they never learned how,being raised in a turkey house. The turkey that hit the car is a wild turkey.

The wild turkey is a flying machine. They can take off in two step and fly though stuff so thick you cant see em.

Ive been hunting them for 25 years and shot several out of the sky over the years.

SIGarmed
April 6, 2003, 04:02 PM
Ok. Good answer. I know nothing about no turkeys except the one my cousin owned right before thanksgiving. That sucker couldn't fly. You learn something new everyday. :D

Watchman
April 6, 2003, 04:37 PM
I once had 3 wild turkeys that I raised. I just let them run wild all over the place and they used to eat dog food. All was well until the suckers started roosting on top of my house, which was not a big deal in itself but they crapped all over the roof. And they kept doing it. It got bad enough that I had to "dispose" of them.

They were quite tasty...:D

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