Fall hunting season still on despite turkey decline

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January 28, 2019 - 10:07 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will still allow hunters to kill turkeys this fall despite a call to suspend the season because the state’s wild turkey populations have been in decline for 15 years.

The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission ignored a suggestion from a team of biologists and law enforcement officials to temporarily halt the fall turkey season, except for an area near the Nebraska border. The fall season, which runs from October through January, brings fewer hunters and less money than the spring season, the Wichita Eagle reported .

Kansas’ turkey hunting seasons have seen low numbers over the past decade. An estimated 70 percent of hunters bagged at least one turkey in the spring season in 2005. But more than half of the state’s hunters failed to bag a single turkey last spring.

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