The wild turkey count is underway –

Statewide, Iowa – The Iowa DNR is in the middle of its annual wild turkey count and is looking for help. Wildlife biologist Jim Coffey leads the investigation.

He says the population has been quite strong.

You might see wild turkeys in a variety of places.

Coffey says turkeys like this overhead cover to protect them from predators. You are most likely to see hens, which will gather in flocks to watch over young birds.

Coffey says they typically see 50,000 wild turkey licenses purchased each year – but most hunters never pack a bird.

Coffey says they regularly see 11 to 12,000 wild turkeys harvested in the spring each year. He says they have a fall season, but it’s not as popular among hunters. To learn more about wild turkey hunting or to report your turkey sighting, visit the turkey hunting portion of the Iowa DNR website. The turkey survey lasts until August.

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