John you can shoot them just not hunt them so to speak. The reason is that people would poach turkeys and say that they are coyote hunting
. This is why they have a closed season this time of year. You can not even have a gun in the woods prior to the opening of turkey season. As far as the pups starving, it might sound harsh but, there are enough of these things around here. I have seen 18 total the first week of season. I have not seen that many around here before. Most at once was five in one field, all running the edges.