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TPWD broaches reporting turkey harvests

March 20, 2019 - 00:00
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    Attendees at Saturday's CCWMA banquet view some of the mounts submitted as part of the Alvin Emmel Memorial White Tail Contest.
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    Jason Haden, Texas Parks & Wildlife Turkey Biologist, addresses the CCWMA banquet Saturday.

COLUMBUS -- Members of the Colorado County Wildlife Management Association on Saturday were asked whether or not they would be willing to self-report turkey harvests in Colorado County to help Texas Parks & Wildlife keep better track of the turkey harvests and turkey population in the region.

Jason Haden, the State Turkey Biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife, told more than 320 people gathered for Saturday’s banquet at Columbus Hall that TPWD doesn’t get back much good data on turkey harvests.

“Out of the last 23 years Colorado County has had a turkey season, we only have [harvest] reports for 15 years of those seasons,” Haden said.

“I wanted to get your feel for what your willingness would be to report that turkey [harvest] on your smart phone or online to TPWD within 24 hours,” Haden asked.

Haden said he is considering the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s board to institute the reporting requirement in a ten county area including Colorado County.

A similar ten-county area exists in north east Texas, Haden noted.

“We don’t get a lot of good hard data,” on turkey harvests from Colorado County, Haden continued.