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Pennsylvania Wild Turkey


Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo
Season and Limit: See Seasons and Bag Limits

Wild Turkey Sighting Survey, July 1 - Aug. 31

Turkey Survey AppThe 2019 survey has closed. Your participation is important. Please join us again next year, online or by downloading the mobile app from the iOS App Store or Google Play.

This year’s survey began July 1 instead of August 1 to follow a new national standardized turkey survey system which provides a standard sampling and analysis method for all state wildlife agencies. Data now will be comparable across the entire range of the wild turkey. Turkey sightings can be reported    online or via the mobile app. The mobile app can be found by searching for “Pennsylvania Game Commission” in the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store; select “Turkey Sighting Survey”. Learn more.

Information submitted from this citizen-science opportunity is helping to analyze spring turkey production. Thank you to those who have participated.
View 2018 survey results.
View 2017 survey results.
View 2016 survey results.


How We Set Spring Turkey Seasons
How Calendar Shifts Affect Spring Gobbler Seasons (PDF)
Annual Harvest Reports/Maps
HRSI Turkey Report (PDF)
Why Fall Turkey Seasons Vary by Wildlife Management Unit
Spring Turkey Hunting Options(PDF)
Turkey Hunting Success and Safety (PDF)
Turkey Hunting Safety Tips (PDF)
Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Population Trend


Turkey Management Plan (PDF)
New Turkey Disease, LPDV
Turkey Habitat Management (PDF)
Implementation schedule for turkey management plan for Pennsylvania, 2018-2027 (PDF)

The new 2018-2027 Wild Turkey Management Plan (PDF) focuses on developing population models for each wildlife management unit (WMU). The models will predict turkey population responses to changes in harvest regulations and help identify optimal harvest regulations to maximize both turkey populations and hunter opportunities. Increasing habitat and assessing turkey diseases and hunter participation are also priorities. View the plan at the link above.


The Role of Turkey Seasons in Turkey Population Management - A 2016 Game Commission Webinar (36:01)
Adult or Juvenile? Gobbler or Hen? (PDF)
Wildlife Note
Winter Feeding of Deer and Wild Turkey (PDF)
5 Environmental Factors Influencing Turkey Populations
Is there a West Nile Virus risk to Wild Turkeys, Woodcock, Quail and Pheasants?


West Nile & Wild Turkey (#WildSciPA video 1:53)
Turkey Hen Harvest and Survival Rate Study (2010-2014) Summary (PDF)
2014 Fall Turkey Hunter Survey Report (PDF)
2012-13 Wild Turkey Productivity and Harvest Trends Report (PDF)
2012-13 Wild Turkey Trap and Transfer Report (PDF)
2012-13 Wild Turkey Research/Management Report (PDF)
2012 Turkey Hunter Survey Report (PDF)
2011 Turkey Hunter Survey Results - PowerPoint (PPT)
Hen Research Study (PDF)
Mortality Causes & Seasons of Mortality of Transmittered PA Hens

Gobbler Study

From 2006 to 2009, the Game Commission was involved in a multi-state research study to investigate spring gobbler harvest rates in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. This study involved leg-banding 900 male turkeys each winter (300 per state) and determining the percentage harvested each year during the spring gobbler season (via hunters reporting harvests of leg-banded males).

Annual Survival and Spring Harvest Rates (PDF)
Bling in your gamebag could mean $100 (PDF)
NWTF 2009 Harvest Rate Study (PPT)
Turkey gobbler study will help guide management decisions

Frequently Asked Questions

Bronze Turkeys
Population History
Winter Mortality

Related Links

National Wild Turkey Federation
Pennsylvania Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation