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Monday, June 17th, 2024

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Monday, June 17th, 2024

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Wisconsin DNR game bird ecologist optimistic for 2023 turkey season

The relatively mild 2022-23 Wisconsin winter in most areas of the state, short of the northern tier of counties, along with some thaws and lack of long-lasting cover ice or lingering deep snow, has made conditions favorable for turkeys scratching for food. (Photo by Bob "Greenie" Grewell)

Only about 18% of the 2022 spring turkey permits issued by the Wisconsin DNR were filled during the past season, but that wasn’t due to a shortage of toms, so only poor weather could temper hunters’ optimism for the 2023 season, according to Taylor Finger, DNR game bird ecologist.
“The last two years we have had strong spring nesting seasons,” Finger said. “The
2021-22 winter was relatively mild and turkeys were able to get at food. The same situation existed this winter, so there should be plenty of carryover of mature toms and jakes.”

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