ST. PAUL -- How to increase hunter opportunity and satisfaction during the spring wild turkey season will be the focus of four public discussion meetings hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in late September and October.
Spring turkey hunting in Minnesota has grown from 400 hunters harvesting 94 turkeys in 1978 to 47,000 hunters harvesting 11,734 birds in 2015. The record harvest occurred in 2010 when 46,500 hunters took nearly 13,500 turkeys.
Despite unlimited license availability, expanded youth and archery opportunities and an increasing turkey range, the number of people who turkey hunt appears to be plateauing. Anyone can register to attend one of the four regional turkey hunting meetings that will take place in St. Paul on Tuesday, Sept. 29; New Ulm on Wednesday, Sept. 30; Winona on Tuesday, Oct. 6; or Alexandria on Thursday, Oct. 8. All meetings will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and include refreshments.
Registration is requested because space is limited to 36 participants per meeting. People can register between Thursday, Sept. 3, and Friday, Sept. 25, on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/turkey or by calling 651-259-5204. There is no registration fee.