HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Virginia has a new draft of a Wild Turkey Management Plan that would cover the next ten years.
Gary Norman with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said there will be a meeting in Verona on July 18th to gauge peoples' interest when it comes to wild turkey hunting and also viewing turkeys for the fun of it.
The plan is a draft right now and Norman said they want to hear feedback from the community.
There are meetings across Virginia, and the one to be held in Verona will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Augusta county government building.
Norman said turkey hunting is declining, so a goal is to attract hunters and also have enough wild turkeys in an area to make hunting possible.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wants to hear feedback from hunters and others who are interested in wild turkeys to see what the population goal for the turkeys should be.
Plus, Norman said that hunting helps to fund other programs.
"The number of young hunters is declining and it's an important aspect for not only turkey management in the future but all wildlife management because that is the future of our resource," said Norman.
Those other programs include safety and law enforcement.
Norman said the national forests are the most important areas for wild turkey hunting.
He said the meeting will be a good chance for people to recommend suggestions for managing turkeys too.
This includes people who have wild turkeys already on their land for recreational use.
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