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Spring Turkey Hunt Up

Despite a long and severe winter, Wisconsin turkey hunters registered a total of 41,815 birds during the 2014 spring turkey-hunting season. This is a 10.7 percent increase from the 2013 spring season.

“I think many hunters were pleasantly surprised by the number of birds they were seeing in the field, given the prolonged winter weather,” said Scott Walter, upland wildlife ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “It certainly appears that impacts were localized, with winter flocks inhabiting areas without access to food likely seeing the greatest impacts.”

Zone 1 produced the highest overall turkey harvest followed by zones 3 and 2 (which includes Door County). Success rates were up in zones 1 through 5 and down only slightly in zones 6 and 7, where winter weather likely had some impact on overall turkey numbers. In 2014, the statewide success rate was 19.9 percent, compared to 17.9 in 2013.

The 2014 Fall Turkey and 2015 Spring Turkey regulations are included in the 2014 Wisconsin Small Game Hunting Regulations pamphlet and will be available soon on the hunting regulations page of the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov. To apply for a permit for the fall 2014 wild turkey season visit dnr.wi.gov/permits, a license sales location, or call 877.945.4263.