Wild turkey populations thriving across Utah

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:38 PM

Jeff DeMoss, Standard-Examiner Staff

Many Utahns don’t know the state has a healthy population of wild turkeys.

Among those who do know about the population, Thanksgiving isn’t the only reason they’ll be thinking about turkeys later this month. One of the best times of the year to see turkeys is almost here. And so is a chance to apply for a turkey hunting permit for spring 2014.

Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said more than 20,000 turkeys live in the state.

“It’s tough to get a solid estimate,” Robinson said, “but based on the number of male turkeys hunters took this past spring, we estimate the state’s population at more than 20,000 birds.”

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