Wild turkey. (Photo: Matt Poole, USFWS)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division is looking for feedback from hunters and other interested persons regarding their draft strategic management plan for wild turkeys.

“About 60,000 hunters pursue wild turkeys each spring in Georgia, with many more that enjoy seeing turkeys and having turkeys on their property,” Kevin Lowrey, state turkey biologist with the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, said in a prepared statement. “This long-term strategic plan will serve as the guiding document for statewide turkey management efforts in our state—but first, we need feedback from our turkey hunters and other interested Georgians.”

Those interested can attend any of four meetings scheduled this week regarding the management plan. The meetings are scheduled as follows:


Oct. 4
—UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center (Room 19, 15 RDC Road, Tifton, GA 31793

—Pickens County Administrative Offices (Suite 168, 1266 E. Church St., Jasper, GA 30143

Oct. 5
—Monroe County Commissioners Building (Third Floor Conference Room, 38 W. Main St., Forsyth, GA 31029)

—Ogeechee Technical College Conference Center (1 Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd., Statesboro, GA 30458)

All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

If you attend a meeting, you may make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or written. It is requested that statements be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants must register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement.

The meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities. To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, contact Tina Johannsen at 770-918-6404.

Watch a video of an earlier meeting here.

Other ways to have input
If unable to attend a meeting, you may submit input one of the following ways:

—Electronically at georgiawildlife.com/regulations/meetings (or via email at [email protected])

—By mailing a written statement to GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management Section, Attn: Tina Johannsen, 2067 U.S. Highway 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025

—By calling 770-918-6404

Input must be received by Oct. 20.

View a copy of the draft 10-year strategic management plan for wild turkeys in Georgia here. Learn more about turkeys and turkey hunting in Georgia here.