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2016 Spring Turkey Harvest Tops 12,000

Turkey hunters reported harvesting nearly 12,200 Iowa birds this spring, which is highest harvest total since hunters were required to report their harvest in 2007.

Iowa’s five spring turkey seasons began April 9 with the youth season and ended on May 22. Hunters purchased nearly 51,000 spring turkey tags.

Hunters can help the DNR with collecting population information during its annual turkey count in July and August.

Make a note of the date and county in which you saw the turkey(s), if it is an adult female or adult male (males have beards on their breast), and whether there are young poults (baby turkeys), and then report the number online at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2115256/Iowa-Wild-Turkey-Reports.

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