Miss reports best wild turkey hatch in 10 years

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says near-perfect conditions have produced the best turkey hatch in 10 years.

Wild Turkey Program Coordinator Dave Godwin says July observations indicate that the 2014 season should be tremendous, particularly in southwest Mississippi.

Hunter Danny Joe O’Cain of Canton, tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/N6WT5a) that’s good news. He says that even when weather cooperates, turkeys must contend with predators such as bobcats, coyotes and fox.

The department has observers statewide for its annual turkey brood survey.

Godwin says the last solid overall statewide hatch was about in 2002.