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Something You Should Know About the Turkey Hatch in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss.–If you turkey hunt, then you know the season is still months away. But, there’s also something you should be concerned about: the hatch. It could mean a good or a rotten turkey season in the Magnolia State.

And so far, it’s been a good one.

“The good news is, we appear to be in the midst of a pretty good hatch,” said Adam Butler, a biologist for the Miss. Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. He said the agency conducts a brood survey during the summer months. The final numbers aren’t in yet.

“Early on during the spring and summer we had a lot of rain during the nesting season.”

He said with a lot of rain, you might not see a very good hatch.

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“But, I tell ya, Mother Nature has kind of surprised us this year,” said Butler.

He said there were some areas that were doing better than others, but north, southwest and southeast Mississippi were reporting plenty of little turkeys.

“It’s looking really promising. Couple that with the fact that our jake observations were up this past turkey season, we might be lining up for the next couple of years to be a lot better than the last few have been.”

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