Casey Cardinal

Casey Cardinal is the Turkey and Upland Game Biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

January, 2023

  • 15 January

    2023-2024 Turkey Hunting Forecast

    Turkey populations appear to be entering a period of decline in New Mexico after several years of breeding-season drought. Turkey populations are highly influenced by precipitation and such a decline is anticipated given the drought; numbers respond quickly when the rains return. Spring moisture is important to create food sources …

  • 15 January

    Pronóstico de caza del pavo 2023-2024

    Las poblaciones de pavos parecen estar entrando en un período de disminución en Nuevo México después de varios años de sequía en la temporada reproductiva. Las poblaciones de pavos están mus influenciadas por las precipitaciones y se anticipa tal disminución dada la sequía; los números responden rápidamente cuando vuelven las …

April, 2017

  • 13 April

    Gould’s wild turkey

    New Mexico is home to Merriam’s, Rio Grande and Gould’s turkeys. The Gould’s, the largest of the three birds, was first documented in the state in 1892. Photo by Chuck Schultz, New Mexico Wildlife magazine Spring 2017 Vol60, Num1, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    Gould’s wild turkey in New Mexico The wild turkey is a popular game bird throughout the United States, with their excellent eyesight and cautious behavior making for a challenging hunt. The excitement of calling in a tom or hearing the first gobble of the morning will create a lifelong memory. …