Spring Gobbler Season Preliminary Harvest Data

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The 2005 spring wild turkey hunting season ran from Saturday, April 16 (Youth Turkey Hunting Day) through Friday, May 27 with a total harvest of 3,112 male wild turkeys. While this harvest is not a record (the highest harvest was 3,779 turkeys taken in 2002), it is the third-highest harvest in New Jersey since the first season in 1981.

An increase of 2% over the 2004 harvest was measured and this correlates with turkey productivity in 2004 being higher than in 2003. The harvest data, which is currently being processed, should demonstrate that juvenile birds made up a substantial percentage of the harvest as compared to 2004 and 2003.

Turkey hunting areas in northern parts of the state were more affected by poor productivity conditions during the past few years and most of these areas showed slight decreases in harvest. Most turkey hunting areas in southern New Jersey, however, showed marked increases in harvest, probably due to better productivity in those areas.

See the Wild Turkey in New Jersey page for more information.

2005 Spring Gobbler Season Preliminary Harvest

THA- 2005 Harvest- 2004 Harvest
1- 88- 96
2- 101- 132
3- 36- 48
4- 129- 128
5- 206- 203
6- 119- 134
7- 104- 137
8- 246- 229
9- 160- 151
10- 73- 60
11- 204- 259
12- 95- 73
14- 109- 91
15- 216- 163
16- 121- 89
20- 541- 564
21- 424- 377
22- 140- 117
TOTAL- 3,112- 3,051