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Jun 18, 2016 1:18 PM

Officials ask public's help in reporting wild turkey broods

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are asking the public to report sightings of wild turkey hens and their young turkeys.

The annual survey continues through Aug. 31.

Wildlife biologists say participants in 2015 reported a record 2,202 broods. The average hatch date last year was June 19.

Officials say they are particularly interested in getting reports from the northernmost counties of Coos, Carroll and Grafton.

Biologists say young turkeys are particularly sensitive to wool weather and rain. Those factors impact their health and the supply of insects the young turkeys feed on.

Fish and Game wildlife programs supervisor Kent Gustafson says the survey helps biologists gather information on turkey productivity, distribution, brood survival and nesting and hatching times.

Sightings can be reported online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016_Brood_Survey.

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