Spring Gobbler Hunting Survey
Calling All Turkey Hunters: Join our Turkey Observation Team!
NEW PARTICIPANTS CAN ENROLL ONLINE HERE.
The Spring Gobbler Hunter Survey (SGHS) was initiated in 1995 as a means of collecting long-term data on turkey activity and population numbers. The success of the survey is largely due to voluntary participation by hunters who are interested in assisting with turkey conservation within the state. From this dataset, biologists at the MDWFP gain valuable information on statewide and regional trends in gobbling activity, hunter effort, harvest rates, age structure, and sex ratios. This knowledge ultimately helps the MDWFP make management decisions that link the interests of the sportsmen with the wise use of the state's turkey resource. Participation in this process allows Mississippi hunters a unique opportunity to directly contribute to the conservation and management of turkeys in Mississippi.
Benefits of Participation in the SGHS
How Can I Participate?
If you turkey hunt anywhere in Mississippi, you are eligible and encouraged to participate. There will be absolutely no cost to you to take part in the program. The only thing that we will ask of you is to take approximately a minute or two of your time following every hunt to record information on what you observed. Before turkey season starts, we will send you a data collection booklet that will make it easy for you to document your hunting experience.
If you have never participated in the SGHS, but would like to become involved, please fill out and return the application found here or contact one of the MDWFP Turkey Program biologists listed below. Your efforts will assist the MDWFP in monitoring Mississippi's turkeys and making decisions in the best interest of the resource and hunters.
For questions, or to participate in the SGHS, please contact:
Wild Turkey Program Coordinator