The common Turkeys of New Zealand have such an extensive population due to no large predator risk being present. The earliest recorded release of Turkeys was on Kawau Island in the 1860s, and by 1894 feral Turkeys were spotted in Hawkes Bay. Their population has grown rapidly and are now commonly found amongst farmland throughout much of New Zealand.

Wild Turkeys are relatively shy and hard to approach, feeding in small groups during the day, and sleeping on top of fence posts or in trees during the night. Contact us to find out more about wild turkey hunting in NZ.