Gopherlongbeards wrote:How many fewer hunters/ tags issued compared to last year?
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The overall hunter success rate was 21% this spring; it was 19% in 2011.
The state sold 201,984 turkey hunting permits this year, down from 210,384 in 2011. About 33,500 permits went unsold this year.
Typical for spring turkey hunts, the 2012 success rate and number of turkeys taken was highest in the first time period.
This year, 11,649 birds were registered and hunters had a 30% success rate in time period A, according to the preliminary data.
Subsequent time periods (in order from B to F) recorded 8,868 birds and 23% success; 6,755 and 17%; 5,773 and 15%; 3,980 and 14%; 2,522 and 14%.
Participants in the early April youth hunt registered 2,929 turkeys.
A few hundred birds also were taken at state parks, Learn To Hunt events and at Fort McCoy.
Although the preliminary harvest represents about a 6% increase over 2011, it is still below the 47,722 turkeys registered in 2010, 52,581 in 2009 and 52,880 (the state record)