By Kevin Kelly, Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources
Like deer and elk, the restoration of wild turkeys in Kentucky is a remarkable success story.
The statewide flock now numbers around 220,000 turkeys and telecheck harvest records show spring turkey hunters have taken an average of 31,719 birds over the past five years. The statewide harvest was up slightly last year over the previous spring as hunters topped 30,000 birds for the fifth time in the past six years.