- Associated Press - Sunday, February 19, 2017

RUTALND, Vt. (AP) - A mild winter and healthy turkey reproduction led to the second highest kill for Vermont turkey hunters in 2016.

The Rutland Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2kWrHsJ ) hunters tagged nearly 6,800 turkeys in the spring, youth and fall turkey hunting seasons last year. Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department officials say the final tally is the second highest total since 2013, when nearly 7,000 turkeys were killed. Officials say last year’s mild winter made it easier for turkeys to feed.

The most turkeys were tagged in the May season, with hunters killed 4,975 bids. More than 1,200 were killed in the fall hunt, and youth hunters took 662 birds on youth turkey weekend last spring.

The state estimates there are between 45,000 and 60,000 wild turkeys in Vermont.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/


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