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May 17, 2023Des Moines, Iowa |  By: Jeremy Werner

Iowa DNR releases turkey hunting numbers


DES MOINES, Iowa - Despite a rainy and chilly closing weekend across much of state, Iowa’s wild turkey hunters reported hunting more than 14,800 birds through the mandatory registration system, an increase of nearly 3,000 versus the 2022 harvest.

Iowa’s spring turkey seasons began April 7 with the youth season and ended on May 14. Hunters purchased nearly 54,500 spring turkey tags, an increase of 2,000 licenses from 2022.

Turkey production has been good across most of the state the past two years and these two-year-old birds were likely a good portion of the hunt.

While the hunting season may be done for 2023, Iowans can help the DNR with its annual turkey production estimates by reporting all the turkeys seen during the months of July and August.

This annual survey is designed to predict the overall production of wild turkeys that will be available for the 2024 season.