Wisconsin turkey hunters registered 4,633 birds during the fall season. —STAFF PHOTO
Wisconsin wild turkey hunters registered a total of 4,633 birds during the fall 2013 wild turkey season, a decrease of 34% from the 7,054 turkeys registered during the 2012 season.
Success rates also decreased, from 12.9% in 2012 to 7.1% during the 2013 season.
“The late spring and wet June last year translated into poor overall reproductive success for turkeys, so with fewer young birds out there we expected to see a bit of a drop in harvest during the fall season,” said Scott Walter, upland wildlife ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).