Indiana hunters killed 610 wild turkeys during the 2008 fall wild turkey hunting season. Wild turkeys were killed in 57 of the 74 counties open to turkey hunting during the season, which ran from Oct. 1 to 19.
The 2008 season was Indiana’s fourth modern-day fall turkey hunting season. Hunters experienced a 4 percent increase in success when compared to the 585 turkeys taken during the 2007 fall turkey season. The record is 716 turkeys in 2005.
During the 14-day archery-only season, Oct. 1 to 14, hunters killed 132 turkeys, accounting for 22 percent of the total. The majority of the fall harvest occurred during the combined shotgun and archery season, Oct. 15 to 19, when hunters killed 478 turkeys, accounting for 78 percent of the total fall harvest.
Adult female turkeys accounted for 46.8 percent of the total kill. Adult male turkeys accounted for 27.7 percent. The remaining 25.5 percent consisted of juvenile birds, 17.3 percent of which were female with 8.2 percent male. The juvenile-to-adult ratio was 1 to 3. According to DNR biologist Steve Backs, the high adult proportion was probably related to a combination of hunter selectivity and below-average brood production in 2008.
Harrison County topped the hunter success list with 40 turkeys, followed by Switzerland (36), and Pike (31).
Bluffton brothers Ethan Mygrant, 11, and Gavin King, 8, each recently shot their first deer. Ethan took a 65-pound button buck with a single shot .410 in the Wells County Youth Hunt, Sept. 27, 2008. gavin shot his 90-pound doe on Nov. 15, 2008, also with a single shot .410. The boys are the sons of Shiloh Betancourt and Troy King, of Bluffton.
Bluffton Optimist will hold the Tri-Star (Skills) Basketball Contest Jan. 31st at Bluffton City Gym Registration is starts at 3:30 pm and contest starts at 4 pm. Open to any Wells County boys and girls age 8 to 13 ( as of March 15, 2009). Any questions contact Dan Gerdom (824-0195) Larry Tschannen (824-4713) or Don Reeves (824-0509).
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