State invites public to share observations of turkey hens, broods


The public is invited to help the Indiana Department of Natural Resources learn more about the state’s wild turkey populations by reporting wild turkey broods they see through Aug. 31.

Each summer, wildlife biologists and volunteers from across Indiana conduct brood surveys, counting the number of turkey hens with or without broods to estimate how many young turkeys live through the summer. Summer brood survival is one of the primary factors influencing wild turkey population trends in various regions of the state and help with the DNR’s wild turkey management.

This year, DNR aims to collect 3,000 reports across the state and get at least 25 reports per county. DNR received enough reports last year to complete an analysis of wild turkey production by region and hopes to have enough reports to do so again.

You can report your observations at No password is needed. The link also includes survey instructions and an illustrative guide and the results of the previous summers’ brood surveys.

For information about wild turkey biology and management, visit

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