We monitored status of wild turkeys throughout their range using data provided by state agency biologists. We found that many states were unable to provide estimates of population size, but the data we obtained suggested a decline in abundance since 2014. The data also showed an 18% decline in wild turkey hunters, a 31% decline in fall harvest, and a 12% decline in spring harvest. Our findings demonstrate the need to develop rigorous methods to estimate turkey abundance, and for continued standardization of data collection methods across states.
We used trail cameras to quantify the diversity and abundance of potential