2012 MnDNR spring harvest report

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2012 MnDNR spring harvest report

Postby dewey » July 31st, 2012, 3:35 pm

Hey all, the MnDNR has published their 2012 spring harvest report. Here is an excerpt from the report.

Numeric changes in annual turkey harvests can be influenced by turkey population size,
hunter effort, and weather. As of 2010, Minnesota’s wild turkey population appeared to be
stable or growing modestly throughout most of the range, with more rapid growth in the northern
PAs (Giudice et al. 2011). The effect of the mild winter of 2011-12 on turkey abundance is
unknown, but survival rates may have been above average due to above average temperatures
and below average precipitation (Minnesota Climatology Working Group 2012). Weather
conditions in April and May were relatively warm and wet across much of Minnesota, with
above average temperatures and above average precipitation (Minnesota Climatology Working
Group 2012). Precipitation during the 2012 spring turkey harvest was similar to the last two
spring turkey harvests for the month of April, but more precipitation occurred in May
(Minnesota Climatology Working Group 2012). Although hunting opportunities increased in
2012 due to a larger portion of Minnesota being open for turkey harvest and an unlimited number
of permits available for time periods E through H, hunter effort was reduced, with over 4,600
fewer permits issued in 2012 than in 2011. Fewer permits issued from 2011 to 2012 may have
been caused, at least in part, by time periods E and F switching to unlimited permit availability
and the poor weather that occurred during the month of May. The increase in success rate that
occurred from 2011 to 2012 was likely a function of above average temperature during the 2012
spring turkey hunting season, which likely increased hunter effort for those hunters who
participated. Improved weather conditions increased the spring 2012 turkey harvest in
Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota from 2011 as well. Consequently, the increased harvest in
2012 was likely the result of warmer weather and possibly increased turkey abundance due to
increased winter survival rates compared to 2011.

http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/recreation ... arvest.pdf
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