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Wild turkeys plentiful this season

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State wildlife specialists say the spring
turkey hunting season might be one of the best in a decade.

Steven Dobey, a wild turkey biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, says the reason is record reproduction in 2008.

Dobey said in a news release that conservation officers and
wildlife biologists counted 3.7 turkey chicks per hen in 2008, the
most ever counted in the state.

Kentucky's 23-day spring wild turkey season begins April 17 and
closes May 9. The youth-only weekend, for hunters under age 16, is
April 3 and 4.

The fish and wildlife department says there are about 220,000
wild turkeys in Kentucky and some 90,000 people hunt turkeys in the
state.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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