Wisconsin wildlife officials have scheduled the last two public
hearings on their 2015-2025 turkey management draft plan.
The meetings are
set for Feb. 10 at the state Department of Natural Resources'
Madison headquarters and for Feb. 12 at a Stevens Point hotel.
Key parts of the
draft plan include using spring and fall hunting permit and
harvest data to help gauge the size of the turkey population;
monitoring hunter attitudes with a goal of maintaining at least a
70 percent approval rate; managing hunter numbers to keep
interference rates below 30 percent; improve hunter access to
private land; improving habitat; supporting oak regeneration, in
turn providing more acorns for turkeys during the fall and winter;
and studying hunting's impact on turkey population growth.