South Carolina Summer Turkey & Bobwhite Quail Survey

For the last 40 years, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has conducted a Summer Turkey & Quail Survey to estimate reproduction and recruitment of these important game birds. The survey involves agency wildlife biologists, technicians, and game wardens, as well as many volunteers from other natural resource agencies and the general public. The survey is conducted in July and August each year. With the start of the survey upon us this year, SCDNR is once again asking for volunteers to participate in this important data collection project.

The Summer Survey is designed to monitor annual nesting success of hens and survival of their broods, which has the greatest influence on wild turkey and bobwhite quail population dynamics. The information allows biologists to calculate many factors essential for sound game bird management.

If you spend time outdoors or travel the secondary roads of the state, can identify turkeys and quail, differentiate between males, females and poults (young turkeys) or chicks (young quail) you are encouraged to participate in this simple observational survey. You can find additional information, including instructions and printable recording forms on our website.

You can also find the results of the 2021 Summer Turkey Survey.