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Game Bird Brood Observations

Wild turkey brood

Monitoring game bird reproduction has always been part of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources game bird management program. Members of the public can collect information on the types and number of game bird broods they observe during the summer months. This information is a basis for monitoring the reproduction of game birds for that breeding year.

How to Participate

The survey period is from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31. You can help by recording and reporting your observations of game bird broods.

Survey guidelines

  • Record broods of ruffed grouse, ring-necked pheasant, wild turkey, and gray partridge.
  • Only record broods that are observed in daylight hours during the month of August.
  • Do not include repeat observations if you are confident the same brood is being seen.
  • Do not report released-bird observations if this is suspected.


  • Date of observation
  • Location
  • Species seen (ruffed grouse, ring-necked pheasant, wild turkey, or gray partridge)
  • Record all individuals observed as well as all broods

Survey instructions

Observations are collected using the Survey123 smartphone app. Currently on your smartphone? Use this direct link to install the survey instead of steps 1-3 below.

Step 1) Download and install Survey123 on your device. Go to Google Play (Android) or Apple App Store (iOS) to install.

  • Note: after installation, the app may open and ask you to log in. Close the app and go to step 2.

Step 2) Scan the QR code below with the phone's camera, and click on the link that appears. This will load and open the Game Bird Brood Survey in Survey123. If prompted to log in, click 'Continue without signing in' to proceed.

QR code for game bird brood survey

Step 3) Once the survey is installed, go to the X at the top left of the screen, then select "Close survey and lose changes". The Survey123 app and Game Bird Brood Survey are now loaded onto your phone and ready for you to record your observations. Upon your next sighting, open Survey123 and Game Bird Brood Survey to record your sighting.

  • You can use your phone's GPS to record your sighting location or use the map to pin your sightings.

** DO NOT use the app while driving! **

Spread the Word

Please inform others of this opportunity to tell the DNR of game birds in their area.

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