DWR releases wild turkeys
The Division of Wildlife Resources released 72 wild turkeys in southeastern Utah Feb. 5. Twenty four birds were released on the north side of the LaSal Mountains while the remaining 48 found a new home on Elk Ridge. These new conscripts added to the birds that had been trapped and released a year earlier.
This month's releases came from stock trapped in South Dakota and trucked here in an effort to augment turkey populations that had been reduced by heavy snows that fell during the winter of 2009-10.
Additional transplants may occur in future years. This release and many others over the past decade have been made possible through a partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Overall, the Utah turkey population is growing.
Turkey permits may be drawn for the "gobbling season" in April, when males are more interested in females than anything else. Permits for a statewide hunt in May are also available by purchase at license agents, Division offices and over the Internet.