I dont know whats going on with the turkeys this year but they're everywhere! Im 47 and Ive seen more turkeys in the last 6 months than Ive seen the whole rest of my life. Even hit one with my car.
Where do you live? I'm in the White Mountains in NH and there has been a HUGE resurgence of turkeys in the last decade. They are everywhere. I see them all the time on rides, in my yard, on the side of the road, in the road. Last weekend I was out doing some errands and had to stop while a gaggle of probably 50 of them crossed the road.
I've never been hit or hit anything on the trail yet. I have come close but not too close. There are a ton of turkeys up here in northern California. I had a pack of them run along either side of me for a few hundred yards in Bidwell park once.
Here are some turkeys I came across at the entrance to Shasta Dam.