Calling All Turkey Hunters: Join our
Turkey Observation Team!
The Spring Gobbler Hunter Survey (SGHS) was initiated in 1995 as
a means of collecting long-term data on turkey activity and
population numbers. The success of the survey is largely due
to voluntary participation by hunters who are interested in
assisting with turkey conservation within the state. From
this dataset, biologists at the MDWFP gain valuable information on
statewide and regional trends in gobbling activity, hunter effort,
harvest rates, age structure, and sex ratios. This knowledge
ultimately helps the MDWFP make management decisions that link the
interests of the sportsmen with the wise use of the state's turkey
resource. Participation in this process allows Mississippi
hunters a unique opportunity to directly contribute to the
conservation and management of turkeys in Mississippi.
Benefits of Participation in the SGHS
- You'll receive an individualized report that summarizes the
data you sent us. These reports will allow you to see trends
in activity from the time you, or your hunting club, spent turkey
hunting. This information can be used to tailor management
decisions for your specific property.
- Your name will be entered into a special raffle for a
shotgun. This raffle is aimed at increasing participation in
the SGHS. See below for more details.
- You can improve your turkey hunting knowledge and skills by
keeping track of your own hunting experiences and habits throughout
- The MDWFP will provide you with analysis of various topics that
will be highlighted for you in special reports and articles.
- Management decisions of the MDWFP that directly affect your
recreational opportunities as a sportsman and conservationists will
be made using the best available data.
- You will become a part of our natural resource's history by
gathering evidence that stands for or against questions such as
should season dates be set earlier, later, or left the same?
Should we allow a controlled fall season in areas with high turkey
densities? Will certain regulations improve hunting quality,
carry-over more gobblers, or increase gobbling activity?
How Can I Participate?
If you turkey hunt anywhere in Mississippi, you are eligible and
encouraged to participate. There will be absolutely no cost
to you to take part in the program. The only thing that we
will ask of you is to take approximately a minute or two of your
time following every hunt to record information on what you
observed. Before turkey season starts, we will send you a
data collection booklet that will make it easy for you to document
your hunting experience.
If you have never participated in the SGHS, but would like to
become involved, please fill out and return the application found
here or contact one of the MDWFP Turkey Program
biologists listed below. Your efforts will assist the MDWFP
in monitoring Mississippi's turkeys and making decisions in the
best interest of the resource and hunters.
For questions, or to participate in the SGHS, please