In 1948 the state's wild turkey population was around 10,000. By 1970 it had bottomed out at about 2,000. Restoration efforts brought turkeys back to their current population of 260,000 all across the state. However, there is cause for concern over an occurrence known as the Southeast Wild Turkey Decline. For some reason turkey productivity is going down in a number of Southern states. In Arkansas the population has dropped by 100,000 since the early 2000s. North Carolina for the moment has not experienced decline but as Stanford reports it's a time bomb waiting to happen.