Iowa sees slight drop in wild turkey harvest

Turkey hunters reported harvesting nearly 11,800 Iowa birds this spring, which is about 400 birds fewer than 2016.

Iowa’s five spring turkey seasons began April 8 with the youth season and ended on May 21. Hunters purchased nearly 50,000 spring turkey tags.

Hunters can help the DNR with collecting population information during its annual turkey count in July and August.

Make a note of the date and county in which you saw the turkey(s), if it is an adult female or adult male (males have beards on their breast), and whether there are young poults (baby turkeys), and then report the number online at

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