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Turkey harvest may suffer after severe winter

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  It appears that this winter has been rough on all living things -- including the turkeys that Wisconsin hunters hope to harvest this spring. D-N-R ecologist Scott Walter tells Wisconsin Public Radio there are isolated pockets of dead turkeys, which appear to have been trapped and starved due to the heavy snow.

Turkeys get most of their food from the ground -- ground which is buried by more than two-feet of snow in parts of northern Wisconsin. Bird expert Laura Erickson says the winter is making life hard for turkeys, and the weights of some individual birds are extremely low.

Turkey hunters had another rough season a year ago, bringing in 11-percent fewer birds than in 2012 for a total harvest of almost 38,000. The D-N-R had blamed late snow, rains, and high winds for poor hunting conditions a year ago.