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.
Update as of April 2013
The Wild Turkey Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) gathered for the second time on March 19, 2013, in Verona. The SAC was introduced to the complex decision-making process in which the agency engages when allocating the wild turkey harvest; SAC members saw how decisions made relative to fall harvest have significant implications to both spring and fall seasons and participating stakeholders. The SAC also continued work on identifying the values that drive identified issues and concerns related to wild turkey management. Between the 2nd and 3rd meeting, the SAC will begin drafting preliminary goals for the management plan based on these values. The third meeting of the SAC will be in mid-May, during which final draft goal statements will be crafted for public review. Please continue to monitor the VDGIF website for future updates.
Below are the members composing the Wild Turkey Stakeholder Advisory Committee. The individuals serving on the committee represent a diverse group of interests; many are landowners, farmers, hunters, and are members of conservation groups. Five individuals are serving on behalf of an organization with stakes in wild turkey management in Virginia.
Stakeholder Advisory Committee Members
- Richard Pauley
- Earl Sechris
- Gratten Hepler
- Frederick Payne
- Daune Angell
- Chip Watkins
- Clint Keller
- Steve Fritton
- Cully McCurdy - National Wild Turkey Federation
- Dick Thomas - Virginia Vineyard Association
- Wilmer Stoneman - Virginia Farm Bureau
- Mary Elfner - Virginia Society of Ornithology
- Carol Croy - US Forest Service