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Turkeys' rebound the result of tender, loving care


04/19/07 By Elizabeth Shaw [email protected] • 810.766.6311

GENESEE COUNTY - The wild turkey is one of Michigan conservation's biggest success stories, thanks to the efforts of the state Department of Natural Resources and local hunting and conservation clubs.

Three decades ago, there were only a few dozen wild turkeys in the southern part of the state. Today there are more than 200,000 wild turkeys in Michigan, most of which are here in southern Michigan.

Much of that success is because of habitat restoration projects sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation.

This year, the NWTF Flint River Chapter raised more than $18,000 for habitat restoration and other programs.

To learn more: www.nwtf.org.

Spring Wild Turkey Season Dates

Assigned hunt period: April 23-May 31 by hunt number.

Guaranteed hunt period: May 7-May 31.

2006 Michigan Spring Turkey Hunter Survey Results

Last spring, nearly 102,000 hunters killed about 39,000 turkeys - 10 percent more than 2005 and the largest kill in Michigan history.

Statewide, 38 percent of hunters harvested a turkey.

Counties with highest success rates in spring 2006 (percentage):

Branch 49

Delta 45

Eaton 44

Midland 44

Berrien 43

Isabella 43

Jackson 43

Lapeer 43

Marquette 43

Cass 42
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