MONTPELIER, Vt. – A preliminary report from Vermont Fish & Wildlife shows that hunters had a banner season this spring with the highest turkey harvest ever recorded.
Hunters brought home 6,570 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season, including 743 turkeys taken during the April youth weekend hunt.
“The hunter success rate increased from the previous year of 21 percent to 29 percent of hunters harvesting at least one bird,” said state wild turkey project leader Chris Bernier. “And 32 percent of those successful hunters harvested a second bearded bird to fill the two-bird spring bag limit.”
A similar number of hunters took to the woods this year with 17,106 turkey hunting licenses purchased, compared to 17,249 in 2016.
Turkeys were hunted statewide with turkeys harvested in 241 of Vermont’s 253 towns. The central Connecticut River Valley saw the highest number of birds harvested with 720 taken in WMU-J2. The northern Lake Champlain valley also proved to be a productive region with 675 turkeys taken in WMU-B – a 22 percent increase in harvest from the previous year and a new record harvest for this part of the state.