Iowa Spring Turkey Hunting Numbers Up From Last Year

Photo shows two young, smiling boys, standing behind their harvest wild turkeys, which are draped over a large downed tree

Photo: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

(Des Moines, IA) -- Iowa hunters had a successful wild turkey season in April. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says hunters took more than 14,800 birds, nearly 3,000 more than last year. Hunters bought more than 54-thousand spring turkey tags, about 2,000 more than last year.

The Iowa DNR says turkey production has been good across most of the state the past two years.

“The two-year-old birds are the most likely to gobble and the most likely to move,” he said. “When we combine birds willing to move, pretty good weather during the season and the great passion our turkey hunters have for the resource, we get a harvest for the record books.”

The DNR encourages Iowans to help the DNR with its annual turkey production estimates by reporting all the turkeys seen during the months of July and August.

The DNR will have a link to the survey on its website before it begins on July 1. Anyone seeing turkeys is encouraged to participate in this online survey.

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