The Indiana DNR would like your help locating and counting young turkeys.

Each summer, wildlife biologists and citizen scientists count the number of young wild turkeys (poults) with turkey hens in what are termed “brood surveys.”

These surveys provide the DNR with information about turkey poult survival and help staff determine how to best manage wild turkey.

This summer, our goal is to collect 3,000 brood observation reports from citizens across the state. The survey runs from July 1 to Aug. 31.

If you are interested in participating, please register at https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/8641.htm.


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Indiana Announces Applications for Reserved Turkey Hunts

Turkey hunters can apply for a reserved turkey hunt online by visiting hunting.IN.gov from Feb. 4 to March 22. Click on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link. The online method is the only way to apply.

No late entries will be accepted. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the species they wish to hunt.

The application process is now consolidated into the online services website along with Licenses, Check-In Game, and HIP registration. A DNR online account is not required to apply.

Hunts without registration fees will follow the same process as those with a fee. For hunts with no fee, you still will be asked to “Add to Cart, Proceed to Checkout and Place Order.” If the transaction total is $0, you will not be asked to enter credit card info.


Youth hunters who will be younger than age 18 on the day of the hunt may apply for reserved turkey hunts March 18-29.

The youth wild turkey hunting season is April 20 and 21 on selected DNR properties.  

Youth hunters or an adult representing them must register in person or by phone during the normal office hours for the property they wish to hunt. Hunters are allowed to register for only one property.

A limit will be placed on the number of youth hunters allowed to hunt a respective property each hunting day in an attempt to provide quality hunts for participants.

Participating fish & wildlife areas include Atterbury, Chinook, Crosley, Deer Creek, Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Goose Pond, Hillenbrand, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Roush Lake, Sugar Ridge, Tri-County, Wabashiki, Willow Slough and Winamac. Youth hunts are also being offered at Mississinewa Lake and Salamonie Lake.