Turkey Success Story
The low point for wild turkeys came around 1970. During that year the statewide population was estimated to be only 2,000 birds. Many years of unrestricted seasons, baiting and commercial hunting had lowered populations to this critical point. Fortunately, the crisis was strong enough to bring together conservation efforts in order to protect and enhance the populations. Today, just 33 years later, the statewide count is estimated to exceed 130,000 birds.
Two groups have been the primary forces behind this impressive rebound.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has spent years studying and
working with turkey populations to broaden their reaches.
A great amount of the funding and volunteer work has come via the
National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). The
NWTF is a national conservation organization dedicated to supporting scientific
management of the wild turkey. Together,
these two organizations have spent millions of dollars and countless hours to
Today, turkeys exist in every single county in
The next time youíre driving along and catch a glimpse of a turkey take a moment to appreciate it. Only 30 years ago, we were on the brink of not having any of these creatures roaming our forests and fields. Fortunately, with the tremendous efforts of government agencies and conservation groups the turkey population is no longer in peril. In fact, it is flourishing. And if youíve ever heard a tom gobbling in the spring you canít help but hope that they continue to thrive.