Wild turkey hunters in Letcher County killed 202 birds during the spring hunting season that ended May 5.
According to “ Telecheck” tracking system statistics made available by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, all wild turkeys harvested in Letcher County were male. Of those, 186 had beards indicating they were adult birds, while 16 were classified as “sub-adult.”
Firearms were used to kill 199 of the Letcher County birds, while two were taken by hunters using muzzleloader, and one was killed by a hunter using a crossbow.
Elsewhere in the region, 241 wild turkeys were harvested in Harlan County, 235 in Knott County, 225 in Perry, and 373 in Pike.
In the 2012 spring turkey season, 198 birds were harvested in Letcher County.
Statewide this year, 32,141 wild turkeys were killed during the spring season. Of those, 346 were female. Hunters using a firearm killed 32,022 of the birds, while those with muzzleloaders took 100. Archers killed 315 wild turkeys in Kentucky, while hunters with crossbows took 100.