Survey to track wild turkey families starts in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It’s time to talk turkey again in New Hampshire.
The Fish and Game Department is asking for the public’s help in tracking groups of wild turkey families in the state.
A survey started Saturday and runs through Aug. 31. If you see groups of turkeys with poults, or young birds, report your sightings to the department’s web-based turkey brood survey.
The department says the survey adds to information biologists gather to monitor changes in turkey productivity, distribution, abundance, turkey brood survival, and the timing of nesting and hatching.
In 2018, summer brood survey participants reported seeing 577 broods with an average of 4.15 poults per hen, up from 3.32 poults per hen in August 2017. The average 2018 hatch date was June 20.