Game Check

Conservation Benefits 

Mandatory harvest reporting of turkeys allows for more precise resource management. It would:

  • Monitor populations and harvest data more effectively than an annual hunter survey. The details gathered will improve regulatory decisions and allow for adaptive approaches to management.
  • More thoroughly evaluate the impact of season frameworks on turkeys, hunters, and hunting success.
  • Provide - for the first time - timely and efficient county-level harvest data, allowing MDWFP to identify areas with low harvest rates that we could target as areas that need to be improved.
  • Identify Mississippi's turkey hunters, which would allow for directed polls and surveys to understand the desires of this hunting group.
  • Demonstrate to the hunting community that harvest management and bag limits are important and especially critical to those species that have a season limit.
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