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Hunters Register 3,800 Turkeys During 2019 Fall Hunt
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/13/2020

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports that hunters registered 3,792 birds during the fall 2019 wild turkey season.

According to the agency, there were 74,775 harvest authorizations issued last fall, an increase of 860 from 2018. Of those sold about, 70,080 were awarded a fall turkey license and nearly 4,700 were sold over the counter as bonus harvest authorizations.

"Although this year's fall harvest is nearly identical to 2018, over the last decade, we have seen a steady decline in the number of turkeys harvested in the fall," said Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist. "Reductions in harvest over the last 10 years are largely due to a decline in hunter participation and effort. The annual fall hunter survey shows continued declines in fall turkey hunter numbers and a larger portion of those hunters are pursuing turkeys secondary to other species."

Since wild turkeys were first successfully reintroduced into Wisconsin in 1976, population levels continue to increase and expand statewide.

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