Thanksgiving 2011

In light of the fast approaching holiday we celebrate here in the United States, we thought some Thanksgiving fast facts and games would be interesting to our audience. Along with some information on the ritual of hunting turkeys for the Thanksgiving feast!

Most people these days just go out a buy one in the store, but going after one yourself can be a real thrill! Sitting quietly in the cool crisp morning air, just waiting and yearning to hear the call of a big strutting Tom headed your way!

In Kansas, we have two types of turkeys, the Rio Grande and Eastern turkeys. There is both a Spring and Fall hunting season.

Fall season opens on Oct. 1 – Nov. 29, Dec. 12 – 31 and Jan. 9 – 31, 2012.

Spring season opens for firearms April 11 – May 31, 2012.

At Ringneck Ranch, we offer Spring turkey hunts. Here is more information on our Turkey Hunts.

Fun Thanksgiving facts & Games

Thanksgiving Facts throughout History (from

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
  • Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
  • The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s.
  • In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.
  • Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
  • Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.

Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today

  • In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 – 18 pounds of turkey.
  • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
  • Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.


Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!


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