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Indiana spring turkey harvest fourth highest on record

From Indiana Department of Natural Resources

-- Despite warmer than normal temperatures, preliminary results put Indiana’s spring wild turkey harvest at fourth highest on record at 12,594 birds. Only 2010, 2009, and 2006 spring season harvests ranked higher.

The 19-day regular season April 25 to May 13 accounted for 10,993 birds harvested. Adult gobblers made up 85 percent of the total harvest, followed by juveniles at 14 percent and bearded hens, less than 1 percent.

Youth hunters harvested 1,592 birds during the two-day special youth season April 21 and 22. Nine birds were harvested during a special Wounded Warrior turkey hunt at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center.

Hunter-reported harvest through the free CheckIN Game online system accounted for 2,160 birds or 17 percent of the total harvest. This was the first time hunters could report their turkey harvest online instead of driving to a traditional check-in station.

Hunters have the option of visiting a traditional check-in station or using the online CheckIN Game system for the fall turkey and deer seasons.

The final report of the spring turkey season will be available online after July 1.

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