Talking Turkey about … well, about a Turkey Survey
4/16/2012 10:26 AM
Ever wonder how the turkey population in North Carolina is doing from year to year?
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conducts a survey each summer to find those answers. From asking participants about the turkeys they observed between July 1 and August 31, 2011, biologists can determine wild turkey productivity and carryover of gobblers from the previous season.
Who typically gets surveyed? A bunch of folks, including members of the National Wild Turkey Federation, sportsmen, personnel from the Commission, N.C. Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service, several military bases and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s a large, diverse group to survey, and the respondents provide a lot of useful data.
For example, the 680 participants in 2011 observed 32,877 wild turkeys statewide. Of the hens, 59 percent had poults, or young, which indicates fair nesting success. The ratio of poults to hens also indicates fair poult survival statewide. While wild turkey productivity was slightly down in the coastal and mountain regions when compared to 2010, it was up in the Piedmont region.
Click here for the complete survey results.
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5/7/2012 10:26 AM
Re: Talking Turkey about … well, about a Turkey Survey
I thought the process was a little more scientific than a survey of individuals that noticed wild turkeys during the year.