Another Record Vermont Turkey Season?

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Another Record Vermont Turkey Season?

5/26/08

WATERBURY, VERMONT - Vermont appears to be on the verge of having another record spring turkey hunting season based on preliminary reports of hunters taking turkeys during the April 26-27 youth turkey hunt and the regular May 1-31 season.

On May 21st, the Fish & Wildlife Department had received reports of hunters taking 612 turkeys during youth weekend, eclipsing the previous record of 544 in 2007. The department also had received reports of hunters taking 2,735 turkeys in the May season, up 30 percent over an average of the number of turkeys taken on the same reporting day in the previous three years.

In 2007, hunters took a record total 5,024 turkeys in both the youth weekend and regular May 1-31 seasons.

"If the preliminary reports are reliable and hunters continue to have success in the final week of the season, Vermont will see another record spring turkey season," said Doug Blodgett, Vermont's turkey project leader.

Vermont was the first New England state to re-establish wild turkeys when it stocked 31 birds in 1969 and 1970. Today, theGreen Mountain State has an estimated 50,000 turkeys.

Vermont's wild turkey restoration program is a wildlife management success story funded entirely by hunters through the sale of hunting licenses and a federal tax on hunting equipment. Now, hunters are reaping the benefits by seeing excellent turkey hunting, and all Vermonters are enjoying watching the big birds as they roam hillsides they had been absent from for almost a century.

To find out more about wild turkey hunting in Vermont, contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05601-0501. Telephone them at 802-241-3700 or check in at their website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

Media Contact:
Doug Blodgett, 802-786-3861, John Austin, 802-241-3700
 


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