Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Turkey Brood Survey Indicates Best Hatch in a Decade
JACKSON - Each year from June to August, MDWFP conducts a
survey to monitor wild turkey reproduction across the state.
The brood survey, as it is commonly known, enlists numerous
observers who note all turkeys seen during the three-month survey
period. The resulting information allows turkey biologists to
measure reproductive success and gives hunters an objective look at
how turkeys are faring across the Magnolia State.
After two months of observations, the 2012 turkey hatch
appears to be one of the best in quite some time. Dave
Godwin, the MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Coordinator, is pleased.
"For a while now, our survey has not shown the kinds of
statewide numbers that we'd like. We've had good hatches in a
few regions during some years, but have not really had what I'd
call a solid overall statewide hatch since about 2002."
Adam Butler, MDWFP wild turkey biologist, offers a potential
explanation for this year's good reports. Butler said, "We had an
outstanding acorn crop across the state last year along with a very
mild winter, so hens should have come into the breeding season in
very good condition. Due to the unusually early spring this
year, nesting appeared to get an early start. Those factors
really set the table for a good hatch. To top it off, we had
excellent weather during the prime incubation period," said Butler.
He concluded, "It appears as if everything has lined up
perfectly for the birds this year." Mississippi turkey
hunters will likely find the spring woods very exciting over the
next few years.
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