“This reporting system allows the public to contribute important information to our understanding of winter turkey status in an inexpensive, efficient and, hopefully, enjoyable way,” said Ted Walski, Turkey Project Leader at Fish and Game. “For parts of the state, especially western and northern New Hampshire, we could benefit by additional reports of sightings.”
Knowledge of the status of wintering turkeys is particularly important in New Hampshire, because severe winter weather and limited natural food supplies can present serious challenges for wild turkeys.
Last winter, people responding to the survey reported 1,180 flocks totaling 20,295 turkeys from every corner of the state. Survey results are summarized at wildnh.com/turkeysurvey/reports_pdfs/Winter_2012_Turkey_Survey_Report.pdf.