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Tough time for turkeys: State working to restore wild bird populations
Weakening population led to drop in harvests last year, state reports
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About 27,000 turkeys are harvested by hunters each year in Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. That's never affected turkey numbers in the state — until now. Photo courtesy of Georgia DNR.
It’s time for Georgians to talk turkey. Wild turkey reproduction has been on the decline since 2001, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is now working with hunters to come up with its first-ever turkey management plan to help restore the population.