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August 23, 2011

MADISON -- Saturday, August 20 marked the end of the online game bird brood survey being conducted by Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials. While the survey period is over, wildlife watchers may still report observations until September 1.

Game bird brood observations can be reported by going to the DNR website and keyword search 'game bird'. A survey link is provided at the bottom of the web page.

The wildlife surveys group of the DNR asked outdoor enthusiasts and hunters to report the number and size of game bird broods they observed from June 12 through August 20.

"We are most interested in sightings of wild turkey, pheasant, ruffed grouse, gray partridge, sharp-tailed grouse, bobwhite quail, and greater prairie chicken broods," said Brian Dhuey, DNR wildlife researcher.

"Preliminary data shows that 43 percent of turkey hens had a brood and the brood averaged 4.4 poults. Brood size for ruffed grouse was 6.3 young per brood. Of the ring-necked pheasants reported, 47 percent of the hens had a brood and the brood averaged 6.5 young per brood," Dhuey said.

This survey will provide the DNR with another estimate of game bird brood production. The hope is to pool this information with other spring and summer surveys done by DNR personnel and use the information to determine the overall status of game birds in the state.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Dhuey (608) 221-6342 or Jes Rees (608) 221-6360

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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