Michigan’s turkey numbers are up and so is hunter success.
Every year, about 100,000 Michigan hunters venture into the field in the hopes of bagging a gobbler, and about 30,000 of them are successful. And this year, for the first time on record, state wildlife officials say that there is a turkey population in every single county in the Lower Peninsula.
“For the first time in history, wild turkeys can be found in parts of every county in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula plus areas of the Upper Peninsula. The expansion of wild turkeys in Michigan did not happen overnight, but has unfolded over the last half-century,” the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stated.
According to the Traverse City Record-Eagle, the current level of hunter success makes Michigan the seventh best state to hunt in during the spring turkey season.
“We estimate that turkey populations are somewhere around 200,000 birds statewide,” said Ryan Boyer, a regional wildlife biologist working for the National Wild Turkey Foundation.