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Help Track Ohio’s Wild Turkey and Ruffed Grouse Populations

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Citizen scientists can participate in surveying Ohio’s wild turkey and ruffed grouse populations by reporting sightings in July and August, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Every summer, the Division of Wildlife conducts a turkey and grouse brood survey to estimate population growth. The brood survey relies on the public to report observations of all wild turkeys and ruffed grouse seen during July and August. Observations can be reported at the wildlife species sighting webpage at wildohio.gov.

Information collected for wild turkeys includes the number of gobblers, hens and young turkeys (poults) observed. Information collected for ruffed grouse include the number of adults and young observed. The date and the county where the observation occurred are recorded for both species.

This survey is conducted by state wildlife agencies across the wild turkey’s range, which includes Ohio. Information submitted to Ohio’s brood survey helps to predict future population changes and guide wild turkey management in the state and across the nation. In 2019, the public submitted 436 valid reports with a statewide average of 2.3 poults per hen. The 10-year average is 2.6 poults per hen. Biologists began tracking summer observations of wild turkeys in 1962. Ruffed grouse were added to the survey in 1999.