Current Georgia turkey population: ~335,000 Birds
Number of turkey hunters in Georgia: ~44,000 Hunters
2011 Georgia turkey harvest: ~26,500 Birds
Sub-Species found in Georgia: Eastern
Average lifespan of a wild turkey: 2-10 years (it is fairly rare for a wild turkey to live past 3 years of age)
Diet: Wild turkeys are omnivorous. They will eat a wide variety of food items including: acorns, berries, ferns, nuts, roots, sedges, grasses, insects, and even small reptiles and amphibians. Young turkeys, especially during their first two weeks of life require a high protein food source and feed heavily on a wide variety of insects.
The restoration of the wild turkey is one of Georgia’s great conservation success stories. Although the bird population currently hovers around 335,000 statewide, as recently as 1973, the wild turkey population was as low as 17,000. Intensive restoration efforts, such as the restocking of wild birds and establishment of biologically sound hunting seasons facilitated the recovery of wild turkeys in every county. This successful effort resulted from cooperative partnerships between private landowners, hunters, conservation organizations like the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Wildlife Resources Division.