The Wildlife Division conducts/sponsors a number of survey and research projects to keep abreast with turkey populations status, turkey habitat needs, basic biology, harvest, and harvest rates. These include poult surveys , gobbling activity surveys , banding, and radio telemetry. While more complete information about these projects is contained in the turkey program reports, several generalizations can be made as a result of these activities:
- Brood size has been found to be generally largest in the western longleaf region of the State.
- Adult gobblers typically make up more than 80% of the reported harvest at check stations on a statewide basis.
- Turkeys are quite mobile. Movements of 5-plus miles is common in contigous habitat. Two radio-tagged hens moved about 20 miles before radio contact was lost.
- Gobbling generally increases until the start of hunting season, regardless of the start date.
- Harvest rate can be highly variable depending on the site, bag limit, and season length.