Turkey Population Strong for Hunting Season

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By Katie Stinson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Some Iowans will soon be hunting for turkeys... in the wild, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says they can expect a bumper crop of birds during the upcoming turkey season. That's after good hatching conditions two years ago.

But DNR spokesman Joe Wilkinson says a survey this year found that last spring's heavy rains and flooding were especially bad for Iowa's wild turkeys.

"The count of the poults, the young turkeys that would've hatched, dropped about 14 percent, that goes up against about a 20 percent increase in the number of poults and the number of overall turkeys seen in 2012, when we had a great year," Wilkinson said.

Hunters probably won't see the effects of that lower bird count until the 2015 season. That's when those unhatched birds would have been full grown.

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