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The wild turkey has made a remarkable recovery in North Carolina. From a low of 2,000 in 1970, wild turkeys are now found in all one hundred of the state's counties. Many individuals and groups have played a part in this conservation success story. However, one person deserves special credit for the turkey's comeback. That person is Wayne Bailey, who was the North Carolina Wildlife Commission's lead turkey biologist during the critical decade of the 1970s. Bailey is profiled in this Casada article.
R. Wayne Bailey was instrumental in bringing the wild turkey population of North Carolina back from the brink. In 1970, there were only 2,000 wild turkeys in the state; now, there are over 265,000. Author T. Edward Nickens pays homage to Bailey while detailing his own experiences with wild turkeys.