Avid Turkey Hunter Survey Seeks Hunter Participation

Hunters who spend 10 or more days each spring turkey hunting in Alabama are being asked to participate in a survey of avid turkey hunters to provide valuable information toward the conservation and management of Eastern wild turkey for the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF).

Participating hunters will receive a copy of the state’s annual turkey report, Full Fans & Sharp Spurs, and will be automatically entered to win a new shotgun donated by the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

To be eligible for the NWTF shotgun drawing, survey participants must provide their season hunting information by May 10, 2017.

“This survey offers hunters a unique opportunity to contribute directly to the conservation and management of wild turkeys in Alabama,” said Steve Barnett, turkey project leader. “The more hunters who participate, the better. The more days spent hunting, the more useful the information will be.”

Participation in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey will provide biologists with valuable information on statewide and regional trends in gobbling activity, hunter effort, harvest rates, age structure and sex ratios.

The knowledge ultimately will help WFF make management decisions that link the interests of sportsmen with the wise use of the state’s turkey resource.

To participate in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey, hunters can call (334)242-3469 to learn how to complete the survey.

For more information about the survey, hunters may also contact Steve Barnett by email at steve.barnett@dcnr.alabama.gov.

Hunters who participated in last year’s survey and do not receive instructions for the 2017 spring season should contact WFF by phone number or email.

For more information about Alabama’s spring turkey hunting season, click here.

— Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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