Turkey populations depend on a large annual influx of young turkeys to sustain themselves over time, so the number of young turkeys that survive to be “recruited” into the fall population is of great interest to turkey managers. A large sample of turkey brood observations collected throughout the summer can provide turkey managers with insight into the size of the “graduating class” of turkeys that will become adults. This explains why turkey managers throughout the country incorporate information from brood surveys into their management programs.
Fish and Game relies on citizen participation to get as much turkey brood data as possible through this important survey. The survey will close on Aug. 31. To report your turkey brood observations starting May 15, visit wildnh.com/turkeybroodsurvey.
Fish and Game also conducts a winter flock survey. Winter turkey watchers in New Hampshire this year sent in 1,787 flock reports, totaling 28,389 turkeys. To see the preliminary results, visit wildnh.com/turkeysurvey (and click on 2013 Winter Report).