Weather affecting turkey hunters
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Wild-life officials say two years of declining wild turkey harvests in Tennessee could be caused by bad weather.
Turkey harvest has fallen from 35,000 in 2006 to 28,000 so far this year. The spring season started at the end of March and ends Sunday.
But the weather, which has ranged from a frigid April freeze to a 100-degree summer, is not affecting the turkeys. Rather, it’s the turkey hunters that are declining.
Gray Anderson, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s turkey project coordinator, says the 34-degree drop in temperature last April meant very few hunters were out in the cold looking for turkeys.
Anderson said this year’s decline in harvest is again probably because the first 10 days of the season saw heavy rain, high winds and bad weather.
Anderson said turkey population is normal, but many hunters are just staying home.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
Published in The Messenger 5.14.08