A New Hampshire wildlife biologist says that the spring turkey population appears to be robust, despite the record number of zero-degree days this winter. Saturday marks the start of the annual Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend. Turkey biologist Ted Walski says sightings of flocks of wild turkeys suggest they weren't affected by the frequently frigid winter. He expects the spring turkey hunting season to be as good as or better than last spring, when hunters took 4,550 turkeys. Turkey season for adult hunters runs from May 3 to May 31. Youth and adults must have turkey licenses, which cost $16 for residents and $31 for non-residents. Licenses allow the taking of one gobbler --a male turkey--during the spring and one turkey of either sex in the fall.
A free workshop covering the basics of hunting wild turkeys is being held by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department next month in Holderness. Dave Priebe, a hunter education instructor and Quaker Boy Turkey Calls pro staff member, will cover the basics of turkey hunting, turkey calling and turkey hunting safety at the event on Saturday, April 19. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center. Fish and Game wildlife biologist Ted Walski will talk about the natural history and behavior of wild turkeys.
New Hampshire residents have until Tuesday to report any wild turkey flocks they've seen in recent months. The state's annual winter turkey survey, which started Jan. 1, runs through Monday. Fish and Game biologists use the survey data to monitor the abundance and distribution of turkeys during the state's challenging winter months. Officials say turkeys generally travel in large flocks during the winter months and are highly visible. Turkeys vanished from the state's landscape in the mid-1800s due to unregulated harvesting and loss of habitat from extensive land clearing.
This agency does much more than serve hunters and anglers, it’s also involved in search and rescue, land conservation, and habitat management. Despite all these responsibilities, hunting and fishing license fees are the main revenue source. Now, some in the Statehouse are taking hard look expanding that base - to hikers, canoers, and the many others who enjoy the great outdoors.