NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
First described by J. Gould in 1856, the Gould’s wild turkey is found in portions of Arizona and New Mexico, as well as northern Mexico.
The population estimate in the U.S. in 1989 was fewer than 150 birds.
The reintroduction of the Gould’s wild turkey in Arizona occurred over a 30-year period and resulted in the current population exceeding 1,000 birds.
Due to the success of this restoration effort, a limited hunting season is now in place for the Gould’s wild turkey in Arizona.
For more information on Gould’s wild turkeys, please visit the below sites.
National Wild Turkey Federation: http://www.nwtf.org/
The Arizona Game and Fish Department: http://www.azgfd.gov/
U.S. Forest Service: http://www.fs.fed.us/
I urge anyone who loves MeatEater–or, for that matter, anyone who loves hunting and fishing and eating wild game–to hurry over and check out the first of our Conservation Field Notes videos. We are making these videos in conjunction with the non-profit Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, which received vital sponsorship backing from Bass Pro Shops. The reason that the MeatEater team chose to work with TRCP is summed up nicely by that organization’s rallying cry: Guaranteeing You a Place to Hunt and Fish. We love them for it, and because they wage a nonstop battle for wild lands conservation, day-in and day-out. What’s more, they’re not afraid to take unpopular stances when they know it’s the right thing to do for hunters and anglers. The aim of these Conservation Field Notes is simple: to alert you about specific issues that are imminent threats to our hunting and fishing lands, and to tell you how to join in the battle. So please, get your little butts over to the TRCP. You owe it to yourself and to your kids. –Steven Rinella