The Outdoor Report

Spring Gobbler Harvest Numbers Trending Higher

Turkey hunters are enjoying great hunting so far this spring. Good weather conditions and stable turkey numbers over most of the Commonwealth have certainly contributed to hunter success this year for both the Youth & Apprentice and the Spring Gobbler opening weekends. A total of 3,047 gobblers were harvested the opening weekend of the 2017 Spring Gobbler season, compared to 2,291 in 2016.

Opening Weekend 2017

  • Saturday, April 8th             2,019
  • Sunday, April 9th               1,028
  • Weekend Total                 3,047

Opening Weekend 2016

  • Saturday, April 9th             1,610
  • Sunday, April 10th                681
  • Weekend Total                 2,291

Harvest numbers for the Youth & Apprentice weekend – Saturday April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd, were also up. Across the state hunters enjoyed seasonal temperatures with almost no rain or significant winds. Youth and Apprentice hunters reported harvesting 624 birds. On Saturday 433 turkeys were reported killed (69% of total w/e harvest) and 191 (31%) on Sunday. The 2017 harvest was 4% higher than 2016, when 598 birds were harvested.

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