Definitely the plan on my wild turkey is to release it. In a perfect world it will stick around my property and I’ll still feed it. But I actually did this once before and they wild turkey I raised only stuck around about 2 days and disappeared. I still felt good about it and I will with this one, but it would be fun if he/she sticks around.
I hate to tell you this and I know it seems extremely contradictory, but I’m actually a turkey hunter. But I don’t find saving babies and raising them for release to be contradictory with hunting. Hunting is good management, and of course you only harvest Toms, only after babies have been reared, so I’m ok with it. After all, as you know, there are more wild turkeys alive in America today than there were in Ben Franklin’s day. And there is a lot less habitat, so it is working.