Despite less than favorable weather conditions, turkey hunters in
"To be quite honest, I was surprised that it was that high," said DNR Wildlife Chief Curtis Taylor. "Given the fact that it rained across most of the state every week, the first week was a total washout."
Biologist had predicted the kill would be about what it was in 2007, and the numbers reflect they were correct. Hunters killed 9,965 turkeys last year. The weather is believed to have protected a number of mature gobblers making next year’s season look even more promising.
"I’m sure we left a lot of gobblers in the woods for next year," said
The wet spring is always a concern for the nesting birds. However,
"Birds that are newly hatched, the hen can get all of them under her wings and brood them to keep them dry. It’s when they get too big for her to cover them you have to worry," said
The first two weeks in June did have a lot of rain for parts of the state. Flooding rains beset northern, central, and eastern panhandle counties. However,
The top counties for the 2008 harvest were Mason where hunters killed 396.
Get the county-by-county harvest breakdown by clicking HERE.