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Hunters Register Nearly 3,800 Birds During Fall Turkey Season
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/14/2019

Hunters registered 3,782 birds during the fall 2018 wild turkey season. The Department of Natural Resources says 73,915 harvest authorizations were issued for the 2018 fall season, an increase of about 7,100 from the previous year.

For the first time, anyone with a fall turkey license and stamp was awarded one harvest authorization for the zone of their choice. In addition to the harvest authorization included with a fall turkey license, a total of 13,000 bonus harvest authorizations available for purchase in zones 1-4.

Although a higher number of harvest authorizations were issued, the DNR says the number of birds registered went down compared to last year. This resulted in a harvest success rate of 5.1 percent, a decrease from 5.9 percent in 2017. Success rate is calculated based on the number of harvest authorizations sold and is not corrected for non-participation.

The department first initiated a fall turkey season in 1989 after an increase and expansion of turkeys throughout the state. Since then, hunters have been able to pursue turkeys during both fall and spring seasons.

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