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50,000 turkeys shot during Wisconsin’s spring season for first time since 2009

Wisconsin hunters registered 50,435 jakes and gobblers during the spring season, the first time since 2009 that the statewide kill reached 50,000. Harvests during spring seasons averaged 38,093 from 2011 through 2023. (Photo by Patrick Durkin)

Wisconsin’s turkey hunters broke the 50,000 harvest mark for the first time in 15 years when the spring season ended May 28 with a registered kill of 50,435 jakes and gobblers.
By most accounts, few turkey enthusiasts would have expected that to happen. In fact, here’s what this reporter wrote two years ago in a post-season recap of the spring 2022 hunt: “Wisconsin’s largest flocks and best hunting are history, and that particular history won’t repeat itself. Wisconsin hit its turkey-hunting peak from 2007 to 2009 when the statewide harvest averaged 52,630 jakes and gobblers three straight springs. The spring harvest hasn’t cracked 50,000 since, and it’s doubtful we will again.”

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