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Spring turkey harvest up 7% in 5-year average

Spring turkey harvest up 7% in 5-year average

By Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Preliminary totals for the 2023 spring turkey season show turkey hunters registered 42,439 birds this season, a 7% increase from the five-year average.

The  spring season started April 15 with the two-day youth hunt for hunters under 16 years old. A total of 2,972 birds were registered, a 28% increase from the five-year average.

The regular season was divided into six separate one-week periods from April 19 to May 30. These separate periods help maximize hunter opportunities while minimizing interference for a more sustainable harvest.

A total of 246,428 authorizations were available this spring, and hunters applied for 223,503 of them. Given the robust participation and harvest numbers across the state, it’s clear that there were abundant opportunities this season.

The deadline to apply for Spring 2024 turkey season is Dec. 10.

For more information about hunting turkeys in Wisconsin and season dates, click here.

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