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Wild Turkey Harvests and Population Estimates, 1981 - 2013

Below are the estimated population and harvest figures for the 1981-2013 period (NOTE: 2013 data is preliminary and subject to change). See the Wild Turkey in New Jersey page for more information.

Year Spring
Gobbler
Harvest
Mean
Brood
Size
Estimated
Fall
Population
Fall
Either-sex
Harvest
1981 71      
1982 96      
1983 132      
1984 189      
1985 220 4.87 6,287  
1986 334 2.60 6,217  
1987 356 5.00 5,979  
1988 485 5.00 7,082  
1989 445 --- ---  
1990 549 3.38 ---  
1991 650 6.02 8,201  
1992 877 5.20 8,441  
1993 1,023 5.97 9,792  
1994 1,411 5.43 11,203  
1995 1,582 5.56 11,855  
1996 2,007 4.09 11,216  
1997 2,034 3.75 11,745 167
1998 2,372 4.53 13,504 152
1999 2,570 6.00 18,127 151
2000 2,680 4.11 23,000 239
2001 3,202 3.00 23,000 258
2002 3,779 3.07 23,000 208
2003 3,591 1.82 23,000 179
2004 3,051 3.40 22,000 177
2005 3,264 2.77 22,000 120
2006 3,454 3.20 22,000 146
2007 3,061 2.93 22,000 136
2008 3,442 2.80 22,000 163
2009 3,387 2.30 22,000 123
2010 3,031 4.10 22,000 130
2011 2,995 2.73 21,000 107
2012 2,954 4.26 23,000 99
2013 3,046 2.61 23,000 106

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