If you've seen a wild turkey this summer, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission would like to know about it.
The commission says that from now through Aug. 31, wild turkey sightings by volunteers and Wildlife Commission staff can be recorded and entered into an online database. The information gives an indication of annual wild turkey productivity, carryover and other population trends, all of which help the commission manage the state's turkey population.
Before the 1970s, wild turkeys were scarce in North Carolina, with only about 2,000 birds statewide. Today, there are more than 260,000 birds from the mountains to the coast. Wild turkeys are one of North Carolina's most popular game animals.