Got Nature? Blog: Each year, the Indiana DNR conducts their Turkey Brood Survey to determine wild turkey productivity. They rely on Hoosier outdoor enthusiasts from across the state to report the number of hens and poults they see from July 1st to August 31st. This helps them calculate a Productive Index (number of poults per hen; figure 1) for counties across the state. Does this sound like something you are interested in? Here 4 simple steps to be involved! (Help With Wild Turkey Populations Video)
- Register for the turkey brood reporting system.
- Spend time outdoors from July 1st to August 31st.
- Count the number of hens and poults you see while spending time outdoors (figure 2).
- Report the number of hens and poults on the DNR’s online portal.
DNR biologists can’t collect brood observations across the state alone. In order to reach the goal of 3,000 observations this year, they need our help! If you’re interested in sharing your turkey broodmobservations with DNR, visit on.IN.gov/turkeybrood and register after June 10. Record observations any time from July 1 to August 31. Recording observations takes less than 5 minutes.
Wild Turkey Hunting, Biology and Management, Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
Turkey, Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
Truths and Myths about Wild Turkey, The Education Store, Purdue Extension Resource Center
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Jarred Brooke, Extension Wildlife Specialist
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources