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Sun March 30, 2014
Wild Turkey Survey Reporting Deadline Approaches
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. But a restoration effort that began with the introduction of 25 wild turkeys by Fish and Game officials led to the state's current estimated population of 45,000 wild turkeys.