Michigan is one of the top states in the nation for turkey hunting, with hunters there having good harvests. Last year’s hunters enjoyed a 38 percent hunting success rate statewide, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources predicts that the 2013 spring season, which opened April 22, will continue the trend of quality hunts and high success rates.

“We had a reasonably mild winter, so we’re anticipating a similar number of birds as we had last year,” said Al Stewart, DNR turkey specialist. “Spring turkey hunting is one of the best hunts to introduce a new hunter to hunting. Taking someone into the woods in darkness and watching the world come alive is an adventure in itself.”

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.