The Wild Turkey in Massachusetts
On these pages you will find information on the biology, habitat requirements, and natural history of this striking Massachusetts native as well as information on the bird's history, restoration, and status. The information posted below is packed with details!
Help MassWildlife count adults and young turkeys for our population estimates. Outdoor enthusiasts and other cooperators are invited to join in MassWildlife's turkey brood survey, conducted annually from June through August.
Turkey hunters will find information on safety and ethics, turkey check stations, and past year's harvests. There are also links to MassWildlife's section of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (Title 321 CMR), as well as Plain Language versions of the regulations.
Educators will be interested in the Wild Turkey Learning Kit, developed by MassWildlife staff as an adjunct to Project WILD and other instructional programs.
A detailed series of Frequently Asked Questions, which comprise part of the Learning Kit, may be accessed directly or as linked to the biology, restoration, and hunting sections of this web page.
People interested in more extensive information on the wild turkey may want to review the accompanying bibliography of technical and popular references.