Wednesday, March 11, 2015

#NewsBham: AL Wildlife Division Looking for Participants in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey

Do you spend 10 or more days each year turkey hunting in Alabama? If so, you can help contribute to the conservation and management of Eastern wild turkey in the state and possibly win a new shotgun in the process.

The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) is encouraging turkey hunters who hunt for at least 10 days during turkey season to participate in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey. Hunters who participate in the survey will receive a copy of Full Fans & Sharp Spurs, the Alabama Turkey Project annual report, and be automatically entered to win a new shotgun from the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

“Hunter participation in this survey is very important to the future of turkey hunting in Alabama,” said Steve Barnett, leader of the WFF Alabama Turkey Project. “The more hunters who participate, the better. However, we only need data from people who are hunting for at least 10 days during the season. The more days spent hunting, the more useful that information will be.”

Participation in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey provides WFF biologists valuable information on statewide and regional trends in gobbling activity, hunter effort, harvest rates, age structure and sex ratios. This knowledge ultimately helps the WFF make management decisions that link the interests of sportsmen with the wise use of the state’s turkey resource.

“This survey allows hunters a unique opportunity to contribute directly to the conservation and management of turkey in Alabama,” Barnett said.

To participate in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey, contact WFF at 334-242-3469. WFF staff will provide hunters with information about how to complete the survey.  Hunters may also contact Steve Barnett or Joel Glover by email at steve.barnett@dcnr.alabama.gov and joel.glover@dcnr.alabama.gov for more information about the survey.

For information about Alabama’s spring turkey hunting season, visit  outdooralabama.com/spring-turkey-season.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com

Contact: Wildlife Section :334-242-3469