Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Turkey Hunters Asked to Voluntarily Report Their Harvests
JACKSON - In an effort to increase information on the wellbeing
of Mississippi's wild turkey flock, the Mississippi Department of
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is asking turkey hunters to
voluntarily report their harvests this spring through a new online
system produced by the agency.
"Mississippi is one of only two states throughout the Eastern
wild turkey's range that does not require hunters to report their
spring harvests," said Adam Butler, the MDWFP's Wild Turkey Program
Coordinator. "While we are not legally requiring hunters to
do so at this time, we strongly encourage hunters to begin using
our new system to become familiar with the concept," Butler
Hunters can report their harvests online at www.mdwfp.com/turkeyharvest.
The reporting process is easy and should only take a few
moments. Hunters begin the process by creating a user account
within the new Mississippi Game Check system. Harvests can
then be reported by entering a few simple pieces of information
including the date and county of harvest, whether the harvest
occurred on private or public land, and some basic measurements
from the bird.
In recent years, several other southeastern states have
initiated harvest reporting systems for turkey and deer.
Moving toward these systems allows more detailed data on harvests
to be gathered, which ultimately improves agency decision
making. This technique has considerable advantages over older
methods which estimate statewide harvests using the responses of a
subset of randomly selected hunting license buyers.
Alabama is utilizing mandatory harvest reporting for the first
time this spring, and Mississippi officials are carefully assessing
their neighboring state's rollout. "We're treating 2017 as a
pilot year for the program," continued Butler. "We hope all
turkey hunters will utilize the system and we fully encourage
everyone to let us know what they like or do not like about this
approach. If turkey harvest reporting eventually becomes
mandatory we want to ensure that we have done all we can to make it
as user friendly as possible."
For more information regarding wild turkeys, visit us at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601) 432-2199.
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