CONCORD, N.H. — A biologist says hunters harvested 4,482 turkeys in New Hampshire during this year's spring hunt, 600 more than last year and the second-highest harvest on record. Ted Walski of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says…
“The hunter success rate increased from the previous year of 21 percent to 29 percent of hunters harvesting at least one bird. And 32 percent of those successful hunters harvested a second bearded bird to fill the two-bird spring bag limit.”
"Citizen scientists" help DEC gauge turkey population.
Public again asked to help help state wildlife officials scientifically manage turkey population by reporting Vermont turkey sightings during August.
I’m never going to win a turkey-calling contest, especially with a mouth call, but thanks to other options, I’m able to walk out of the woods once in while with a gobbler slung over my shoulder.
The statewide wild turkey population is currently estimated at 20,000 to 25,000 birds.
Agency reports that the turkey population experienced reproductive success in the summer of 2015, and combined with relatively mild winters in 2015-16 and 2016-17, it is anticipated that the spring harvest will be up from last year and above the five-year average of about 20,000 birds.
Vermont was the first New England state to re-establish wild turkeys when it released 31 wild birds from New York in 1969 and 1970. Today, the Green Mountain State has an estimated 45,000-60,000 turkeys.
Harvest more turkeys with these simple hunting tips and tactics
Get close, but not too close while scouting for turkeys.
Donation expands conserved property in Addison County by 37 acres, bringing total to 2,895 acres.
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Spring gobbler hunters always seem to be tweaking something, whether it’s their various call lineup, camo patterns or, especially, shotgun loads to deliver the best pattern possible when the moment of truth arrives.
Thanks to last year's mild winter that made it easier for turkeys to feed, harvest is the second-highest total since 2013.
Yes, the wild turkey population has come a long way: This year's total of 6,798 wild turkeys falls just short of the state record of 6,970 in 2013
I start thinking about spring gobbler season right after the holiday season, although my friends – as well as Paula – claim I think about it all year round.
Nearly 900 bears taken — 34 percent above the preceding five-year average of 668 bears, 19 percent above 2015.
Jake sightings bring optimism for next season
It’s the perfect hunt on the perfect spring morning. The gobbler responds off the roost, and he’s coming. Your setup is ideal.
Practice a few turkey calls until you’re really good with them
A great time to drive to your hunt
Changing tactics this season
There are a variety of reasons, Ohio turkey biologist says
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