- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is asking the public to report sightings of wild turkeys and ruffed grouse to help with the state’s annual survey of the game birds.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources conducts a turkey and grouse brood survey every year to estimate population growth. The survey relies on the public to report sightings of all wild turkeys and ruffed grouse seen during May, June, July and August. Wildlife watchers and hunters can report observations at the Turkey Brood Survey page on Ohio Division of Wildlife website.

The information helps predict future wild turkey populations and guide state’s hunting regulations.

Biologists began tracking summer observations of wild turkeys in 1962. More than 6,000 turkeys were reported during the 2014 survey.

Ruffed grouse were added to the survey in 1999.

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www.wildohio.gov

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