DNR: Spring hunters killed nearly 39K turkeys

Hunters killed nearly 39,000 turkeys during Wisconsin’s spring seasons this year, the second-smallest harvest in the last 10 years.

Preliminary data on the state Department of Natural Resources website shows hunters killed 38,886. Hunters had the most success in southwestern Wisconsin’s Zone 1, where they killed 11,235 birds. The smallest harvest came in northern Wisconsin’s Zone 7, where hunters killed only 494 turkeys. Hunters at Fort McCoy, a federal military base between Sparta and Tomah, killed 75 birds.

The smallest Wisconsin harvest between 2008 and 2018 came in 2013, when hunters killed 37,804 turkeys.

Hunters took 43,305 birds in the 2017 spring hunt; 45,501 in 2016; 40,975 in 2015 and 41,815 in 2014.