This is not to be confused with the Turkey Vulture, which apparently has a very keen sense of smell.
Turkey Vulture, sometimes incorrectly called the Turkey Buzzard. 'Buzzards' are properly broad-winged hawks.
The Turkey Vulture is quite dependent upon its sense of smell to help locate food and the area of their brain controlling sense of smell is three times larger than of the Black Vulture. Research has shown they can locate a carcass within only twenty-four hours of death. http://www.lairweb.org.nz/vulture/turkey.html
A turkey's sense of smell seems to be largely ignored by most descriptions, probably because it has been determined to be negligible and therefore not something that a turkey hunter must contend with. Avoiding their sharp eyes is the hunter's main challenge, and believe me, that's challenge enough.
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One advantage we do have is that turkeys lack a sense of smell and this removes the necessity of scent considerations.
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