New Hampshire's Spring Turkey Hunt Has Good Outlook

Apr 28, 2015

 

Credit Shannon Dooling for NHPR

The state's turkey flocks are in good shape after the winter and officials say the spring hunt should be a good one.

Fish and Game turkey biologist Ted Walski says an abundance of acorns kept the birds fed and crusty snow in December and January meant they could get around more easily to find food and evade predators.

The spring turkey season for licensed hunters opens May 3 and runs through May 31 statewide.

The turkeys hit a rough, month-long patch after the January 27 blizzard that dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of the state, forcing the birds to burn a lot of energy and making them more susceptible to predators.

Last year, New Hampshire hunters took more than 3,900 turkeys in the spring.