Report Turkey Sightings to New Hampshire Fish and Game

Concord, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking Granite Staters to report any sightings of female turkeys with or without young until Aug. 31.

"Observations made in late July and August are especially important. Those young who have survived into August are likely to become adults, so these sightings provide the best index to summer breeding productivity," said Fish and Game turkey biologist Ted Walski.

Turkey sightings can be reported through an online survey.

According to officials, reporting sightings is especially helpful this summer to determine the effects of the rainy and snowy weather last spring.

"The size of some young turkeys will be quite large in August, almost the size of the adult hen, because of earlier hatching during the second half of May and early June. Smaller-size poults in August are a result of a second nesting, when the first nest or clutch of eggs is lost," Walski said.

According to NH Fish and Game, a poult is a turkey chick that has flight feathers, and a female turkey is called a hen turkey.

2,926 brood observations were reported in last summer's survey, said a spokesperson.

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