In Search of a Holiday Turkey, Finding a Rural Way of Life

What fall turkey hunting can teach you about the modern rural economy.

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We hear a promising scratching sound, similar to the sound of someone raking leaves; the same sound turkeys make when raking the forest's leafy carpet in search of food.

Ray freezes. He makes a few clucking noises to try to communicate with the phantom turkey. The scratching continues and he points upward.

"Damn squirrel," he says.

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