MADISON — The 2012 spring wild turkey hunting season opens today, and state wildlife officials say hunters can look forward to a good spring hunt.
"Turkey populations should have come through the relatively mild 2011-12 winter in good shape," said Scott Walter, upland game biologist for the Department of Natural Resources.
Wisconsin has seen record-breaking spring weather, but biologists say the early warm weather won't have much effect on turkeys.
More than 233,500 permits were made available for this spring's hunt, a slight increase from the number offered a year ago. More than 137,500 of those permits were issued in the preference drawing for the spring 2012 season, leaving 90,000 tags available for sale. Remaining permits went on sale March 19.
As of March 30, all permits were sold for zones 2, 6 and 7. There are permits remaining in zones 1, 3, 4 and 5 in later hunting periods. Remaining permits can be purchased until they are sold out or the season ends.
Hunters can look forward to more days in the woods in 2012 as the hunting periods have been extended to seven days each.