June 2, 2015
MADISON - The Wisconsin Wild Turkey Management Plan, a product of coordination between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, key stakeholder groups and the public, is now final and available on the department's website.
People can view an electronic copy of the plan by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "turkey management." Hard copies will be made available upon request and free of charge later this summer at DNR offices statewide.
"The restoration of turkeys to Wisconsin's landscape is one of our greatest wildlife success stories, and the responsible management of the species is a goal shared by biologists, hunters and the general public," said DNR upland wildlife ecologist Scott Walter. "This Plan will serve as a wonderful resource for all aspects of the turkey management program, and we are very proud of the final product."
The Wild Turkey Management Plan will guide decisions regarding the allocation of turkey permits, the structure of our spring and fall hunting seasons, the use of Wild Turkey Stamp funds, and many other aspects of turkey management in the state through 2025. The current plan reflects recent scientific research and changes in turkey distribution and hunting tradition. The management plan was guided in part by input received at 12 meetings held statewide in April and May 2012, as well as an online survey available during the same time period.
The department would like to thank those who provided public comments, as well as the organizations with representatives serving on the DNR Turkey Advisory Committee, including:
"The Plan is a great read for anybody interested in how we manage turkeys in Wisconsin," said DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist Krista McGinley. "The contributions we received from stakeholders and the public were invaluable as we developed this revised management plan."
For more information regarding wild turkey management in Wisconsin, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "turkey management."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Walter, DNR upland wildlife ecologist, 608-267-7861; Krista McGinley, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458