Wild Turkey Management Planning Process
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and Virginia Tech's Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation have initiated a process to develop a statewide Wild Turkey Management Plan. This plan, which will incorporate all wild turkey stakeholders' values, will be similar in scope and purpose to the Virginia Black Bear (under revision) and White-tailed Deer Management Plans. The Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan will be designed to provide guidance on how to address the complex management challenges and issues related to desirable population levels, recreation (including hunting), human-turkey conflicts, and habitat conservation.
February 2014 Update
The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries approved the final Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan on January 28, 2014. The Plan will provide guidance for management of wild turkeys for the next 10 years. More than a year's effort by Department of Game and Inland Fisheries staff, a stakeholder advisory committee that represented the wide diversity of interests in management of wild turkeys, and Virginia Tech's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation went into development of the Plan. As with previous management plans developed for white-tailed deer, black bears and the agency's wildlife management areas, major goals for management of wild turkeys reflect public values identified in numerous focus groups, public meetings and discussions by the stakeholder advisory committee. The specific objectives and strategies found in the plan balance public values and the technical input of agency staff to ensure biologically sound management that also has public support. The final Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan will be posted in the coming weeks on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) wild turkey webpage.