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2010 Harvest Numbers from Two Heavyweights

Harvest figures from Spring 2010 turkey seasons in Wisconsin and Missouri, typically two of the top states, showed mixed results.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said state hunters shot 47,539 turkeys during the 2010 spring season. That's a 9.6 percent decrease from the 2009 harvest of 52,581 birds, which led the nation. Wisconsin hunters shot 52,428 turkeys in Spring 2007 and 52,880 during Spring 2008.

"The wet spring in 2008 and cool summer in 2009 meant below-average brood production for turkeys the past two years," said Sharon Fandel, acting upland wildlife ecologist for the DNR. "When combined with more normal winter conditions, the slight decrease in the number of turkeys harvested was expected.”

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Missouri hunters registered 42,253 turkeys during Spring 2010, which was a slight increase from the 41,829 birds shot in Spring 2009. State hunters shot 43,416 turkeys in Spring 2008.

“The opening weekend was pretty rough, with lots of wind and rain, and the last Saturday was windy," said resource scientist Tom Dailey. "Other than that, though, conditions were extremely favorable for hunting.”

Also, a slight increase in 2009 turkey nesting success contributed to the higher harvest.

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