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Nearly 250,000 turkey hunters ready for season opener next week

Turkey hunting
Turkey hunting

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Almost a quarter million turkey hunters are about to hit the woods in Wisconsin.

The first of six week-long hunting periods begins next Wednesday. Almost 43,000 turkeys were killed last year, six percent more than in 2011.

The DNR expects an even bigger harvest this year, thanks to the third-highest brood observations since 1987.

Experts say the rapid turkey growth was due mainly to last year’s warm spring and early summer.

The state sold almost 235,000 permits for this spring’s turkey hunt. A lottery awarded 135,000 permits, and the rest were sold over the counter a couple weeks ago.