Spring, fall turkey hunts show near record numbers statewide
MONTPELIER —Vermont wild turkey hunters had successful spring and fall hunting seasons in 2016, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
An initial review of hunting results revealed 6,798 turkeys were taken by hunters during Vermont’s three turkey hunting seasons — the spring youth hunt, the regular May spring season and the fall turkey hunt.
Young turkey hunters mentored by experienced hunters took 662 bearded turkeys, which are almost always males, during the youth turkey hunt on the weekend before the regular spring season.
Hunters took 4,875 bearded turkeys in the May 1-31 regular spring turkey season.
Fall turkey hunting during October and November produced 1,261 turkeys of either sex, which was higher than last year’s harvest.
“This year’s total was the closest we’ve come to the record turkey harvest of 6,970 in 2013, said wild turkey project leader Amy Alfieri. “A mild winter and normal reproduction over the past couple years contributed to the healthy 2016 harvest.”
Vermont’s wild turkey population is estimated at 45,000 to 60,000 birds.
For more information regarding Vermont’s wild turkeys visit Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.