Wisconsin DNR Needs Your Help With Game Bird Brood Observations
Attention Upland bird hunters and outdoor enthusiasts.
MADISON, WI –-(Ammoland.com)- The Wisconsin DNR is asking for your help in measuring the brood production of some of the state’s upland game bird species.
We are looking for observations of broods of pheasant, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chicken, gray partridge, and bobwhite quail.
Wisconsinites spend many days outdoors during the summer months, and see a variety of our state’s abundant wildlife. This makes you a good source of information on the reproductive status of some of our wildlife species.
No special effort is required! Just go about your normal summertime activities, and when you see a brood of young pheasants, turkey, ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chicken, gray partridge, or bobwhite quail, please report your sightings. Instructions on how to perform the survey, a link to the survey form, and a tally sheet for your use can be found here.
Also report any sightings of turkey and pheasant hens that do not have broods.
During the summer of 2010, Wisconsinites reported 950 observations of game broods of wild turkey, ring-necked pheasant, ruffed grouse, prairie chicken, sharp-tailed grouse, gray partridge and bobwhite quail. The most frequently observed game bird species were wild turkey (765 observations) and ruffed grouse (117 observations).
Results from your observations will be used to monitor the reproductive status of these birds and to help make fall hunting forecasts. If you have any questions about the survey, or if you have any issues accessing the survey website please contact Brian Dhuey.
Thank you for your interest in Wisconsin’s wildlife.Brian Dhuey
Wildlife Surveys and Database Manager