A Record Year for Indiana Turkey Hunters

Is Indiana a sleeper turkey state? Maybe so. At a a time when turkey populations in several states are seeing declines and lowered limits, Hoosier hunters killed a record number of birds this spring.

From this story in the Chicago Tribune:
Wildlife officials say Indiana hunters bagged nearly 14,000 turkeys this year -- the highest number since spring turkey hunting debuted in the state in 1970. The state Department of Natural Resources says hunters killed 13,742 wild turkeys this spring, eclipsing 2006's previous high of 13,193 by 4 percent. DNR wildlife biologist Steve Backs says the state's turkey populations continue to grow in the northern counties, where birds were released in the 1990s to repopulate those areas.

How does that compare to your state? Did you see more or fewer birds this spring?