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Sulphur River focus of Eastern Turkey restocking project

Texas Parks and Wildlife help increase the population of the Eastern turkey.

The Eastern Turkey was once numerous in East Texas. But rapid changes in habitat caused the population to quickly decline.

According to Steve Favre of Riverview Farms in Lake Creek, Texas the Texas Parks and Wildlife have reopened the Eastern Turkey Restoration Program, deeming it the Sulphur River Eastern Turkey Cooperative. He is seeking owners and operators of acreage near the North Sulphur River between Sulphur Bluff and State Highways 19 and 24 at Lake Creek to stock Eastern Turkeys.

TPWD is focusing their efforts on Sulphur River, White Oak Creek and Cypress Creek watersheds within Bowie, Camp, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Morris, Red River, Titus and Upshur Counties. The sites must consist of a minimum of 10,000 acres of contiguous usable habitat in hopes to create sustainable populations.

“I am working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife and the National Wild Turkey Federation to restore Eastern Wild Turkeys in both Delta and Lamar counties,” stated Steve Favre, looking to inform the public about this project, how easy it is to participate and that it is free.

He first met with potential landowners in December of 2014 and so far has 15,000 acres enrolled into the program.

“I would like to bring something positive to the County and surrounding area,” added Favre.

Favre can be reached at 214-415-0989 or by e-mail at favresc@gmail.com.