New Hampshire turkey hunters set record for spring with 5,719 birds

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It was a record season for turkey hunting in New Hampshire this spring.

The state Fish and Game Department said hunters killed 5,719 turkeys during the season, an increase of 643 compared to last year and a new record since the department has been keeping track.

Officials say large gobblers were abundant. More than 60 of the birds weighed 24 or 25 pounds.

Two dozen towns recorded 50 or more turkeys harvested, with particularly high numbers in Weare, Concord, Gilmanton and Claremont.