Turkey hunters bag record numberStaff Report | January 03,2014MONTPELIER — Most of their quarry would have been far from fresh by the time Thanksgiving rolled around, but Vermont’s wild turkey hunters bagged nearly 7,000 of the bearded birds in 2013, setting a state record.
According to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, a record 6,968 turkeys were taken by hunters during Vermont’s three seasons — a two-day youth hunt in late April, the monthlong spring season in May, and the fall season, which ran from Oct. 5 through Nov. 10 in most areas.
Young turkey hunters, accompanied by experienced mentors, got the year off to a good start by bagging 782 bearded turkeys, which are almost always males, on the weekend before the start of the traditional spring season.
According to the department, hunters took an additional 5,580 bearded turkeys during May, raising expectations that a record set in 2009 — 6,921 turkeys — would fall.
Though the fall season was a bit of a disappointment, lagging well behind the mark set in 2012, hunters were able to take 606 turkeys — enough to make the 2013 three-season harvest the highest since Vermont’s wild turkey population was restored in the early 1970s.MORE IN This Just In
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont Gas Systems puts Phase 2 on hold as the latest estimate for Phase 1 takes a 27 percent leap upward, to a total of $157 million; U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin quits for job with private firm; police cite man in pot bust.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1972, Christmas bombing of North Vietnam ordered by President Richard Nixon, most lethal strikes of the war; in 1989, U.S. invades Panama to depose, arrest and charge Gen. Manuel Noriega with drug trafficking, racketeering.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Gov. Peter Shumlin announces demise of his single-payer health insurance initiative; convicted first-degree murderer Alan Prue sentenced to 50 years for killing teacher Melissa Jenkins; veterans chafed about park naming snub.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 497 BC, first Saturnalia festival celebrated in Rome, Scandinavians retain 'Yule Goat' as symbol of season, Krampus, evil side of holiday cheer, terrorizes children into better behavior, more advice from Christopher Hitchens.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 533 AD, Byzantine Emperor Justinian I gets the old empire back together again routing the Vandals from Carthage; in 1890, Lakota Chief Sitting Bull is killed at his home in South Dakota; in 1970, Soviets land probe on Venus.
- DUANE CARLETON: Rutland Herald Events Editor George Nostrand interviews musician Duane Carleton, whose new CD 'A GIRL LIKE THAT' drops Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, and will be celebrated that evening with a show at 9:30 p.m. at Killington's Pickle Barrel.