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Fish & Game wants help counting state's wild turkeys


CONCORD _ The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wants residents to keep their eyes out for wild turkeys this month.

The department is asking Granite Staters to report sightings of hen turkeys with our without young for an online survey to evaluate New Hampshire's wild turkey population.

Biologist Ted Walski says young turkeys that have survived this late into the summer are likely to become adults.

According to the department, the 2012 survey found 1,119 turkey broods reported in the state between May and August. So far this year, more than 400 have been reported.

Walski said there are likely to be fewer young this year because of the wet weather during the nesting period. Most turkeys hatch from late May to early June after a 28-day incubation period.

Turkey sightings can be reported to: www.wildnh.com/turkeybroodsurvey/

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