Oh dear, this would NOT make PETA happy:
THANKSGIVING IN THE FAR WEST.
On the ranches of the far West “turkey grabbing” is a prominent as well as wonderfully exciting sport. The turkey is buried in the ground with only his head and neck above the surface, allowing him full swing for dodging and ducking. The cowboy mounted on his pony sweeps down at full speed, and as he passes the buried gobbler leans far down and attempts to grab it by the head. Dragging the hand along the ground and grasping the neck is barred — the head along being the part to be grabbed. The successful turkey grabbers are few, and when an expert comes along he is the hero of the day.
Bessemer Herald (Bessemer, Michigan) Nov 23, 1895