Spring turkey hunt sets record again

Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season wrapped up with a record harvest of just more than 16-thousand birds, topping the record set last season by around 12-hundred. D-N-R Wildlife Research Biologist Jim Coffey says the records are one good thing to come from the dry weather.

The weather allowed more young turkeys to survive after hatching.

He says more hunters chase the elusive wild turkeys.

Coffey says bagging a wild turkey is one of the tougher challenges.

Coffey says the turkey numbers could be strong again next season.

Coffey says wild turkeys won’t be the same as the ones you buy at the grocery store.

Hunters report taking turkeys in all 99 counties — with a high of 649 birds bagged in Clayton County to a low of three in Osceola County.