As part of the Wildlife Resources Division's (WRD) goal to maintain a sustainable wild turkey population in Georgia, estimates of the state's turkey harvest, turkey hunter effort, and turkey hunter success are acquired each year and then used to adjust hunting regulations in subsequent years to achieve desired results.
The question often comes up, “How does WRD get these estimates of turkey harvest and hunter effort?” Since at least 1962, WRD has used scientifically valid, survey methodology to get estimates of game species harvest. Harvest estimates are obtained by asking a random sample of licensed resident turkey hunters- with a sample size of about 800-through a telephone interview, about their turkey hunting effort and success during the most recent turkey hunting season. These results are then applied to the total number of licensed resident turkey hunters in the state. The total number of turkey hunters in the state is obtained from the hunting license database maintained by WRD’s Licensing and Boating Registration Unit
Another commonly asked question is, “Who conducts Georgia’s turkey harvest survey?” WRD contracts with public opinion research firms that specialize in natural resource issues. Since 2004, WRD has contracted with Responsive Management, a professionally recognized research firm and neutral third party, to conduct the turkey harvest survey each year. WRD and Responsive Management work together to develop a survey questionnaire and to generate a random a sample of hunting license holders from the hunting license database. Responsive Management then administers the survey to this random sample of hunters, statistically analyzes the results, and provides a survey report to WRD.
Click here for Turkey Harvest Summaries from 2005 to present.