Wildlife - Wild Turkeys

Spring Gobbler Bag Limits in South Carolina

Figure 1. Summer wild turkey recruitment ratio in South Carolina 1982-2013. Note declining trend since 1988 and very poor recruitment 8 out of the last 11 years. Average recruitment prior to 1988 = 3.5. Average recruitment since 1988 = 2.0. This represents a 42 percent decrease.

Recruitment Ratio - Figure 1

Figure 2. Spring wild turkey harvest in South Carolina 1982-2013. Note that harvest increased between 1982 and 2002 as a result of increasing turkey population following restoration efforts. However, average harvest since 2002 has declined 25 percent following multiple years of poor recruitment.

Figure 2

Figure 3. Number of turkey hunters in South Carolina 1982-2013. Note increasing trend throughout period. Average number of hunters over last 5 years is 30 percent greater than average of previous years.

Figure 3

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