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Spring turkey permit levels reduced; hunters concerned over winter losses

Remaining?over-the-counter permits in turkey management zones 6 and 7 will not be issued and over-the-counter permits in zones 4 and 5 will be reduced by 25% in response to hunter feedback requesting a conservative approach to the number of permits issued for this spring’s hunt due to concerns that increased winter mortality has depressed turkey numbers.

Although Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists recognize that spring harvests do not play a significant role in wild turkey population dynamics, it is clear that prolonged periods of cold and deep snow have impacted turkeys throughout the northern part of the state.

“The concerns we are hearing from turkey hunters are justified,”

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:44 PM
 

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