New Hampshire sees second-highest spring turkey harvest

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 highest number on record is 4,550, taken in 2013.

Walski says last winter was relatively easy for wild turkeys because of low total snow cover, significant periods of bare ground sites and good nutrition and fat thanks to abundant acorns. He said the semi-drought conditions of spring/summer 2016 contributed to an above-average hatch.

Of the 18 Wildlife Management Units, the one north of Route 4 to Lake Winnipesaukee had the most turkeys taken at 681.

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