Hunters going wild over wild turkey population boom

Government efforts to increase the wild turkey population in Quebec are going well and more hunters are taking advantage.

Statistics compiled by the Forests, Wildlife, and Parks Ministry indicate that the bird population has increased and their territory has expanded.

The Journal de Montreal says hunters reported taking 7565 birds this year which is a 29% increase from last spring.

The spring hunt this year was held from April 28 to May 19.

16,565 hunters obtained permits in 2017, or 2000 more than last year.

The Ministry also says wild turkeys have spread from their traditional habitat in the Eastern Townships and Montérégie and are now being found in the Lanaudière, Laurentians, and parts of central Quebec.