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Some '07 WI turkey harvest stats

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Got these from a bud, must be the latest stats on the past WI turkey season the DNR has...just a quick recap:

Season A: 12,055 killed 35% success rate

Season B: 10,208 30%

Season C: 8,395 24%

Season D: 7,842 23%

Season E: 7,444 22%

Season F: 6,435 20%

Total: 52,379 26%

One thing I'm curious about is how many tags they issue each season - anyone know? Nonetheless I believe the success rate is about the norm the past few years likewise the total kill, maybe a hair higher than last year but think these numbers are gonna be the norm for a while. Only a few areas up north yet with expanding pops.

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With stats like that I might have to add WI to my back to back turkey hunts grin.gifgrin.gif.

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I hunted the first year Wisconsin had a season, I think it was in '80 or '81. We were all pretty excited then that there were 5,000 birds in the whole state. Now we shoot over 50,000. WOW!

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Right on par with historical kills, maybe a tad lower. Good to see though. Keep these in your back pocket whenever someone tells you it's an easy hunt.

The problem with WI (unless you're a resident), is that those numbers can be deceiving. We tend to look at the overall avg. success at 26%, and are bolstered by the 35% success rate in season A. However, you've got 4 of 6 seasons below 25%. For non-residents, 8 of 10 walk out of the woods without a turkey over their shoulders.

Residency has its priveledges, and so it should; my point is that those numbers say a great deal about how difficult it can be to kill a turkey!

Joel

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The trick for non-residence is to apply for the first weekend of May - fishimg opener. We have always drawn for this time period in zone 19.

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