Turkey hunters in The Natural State checked 10,066 birds during the recently concluded season in April.

This year’s season featured 16 days for all hunters and two more days at the front end of the season for the annual statewide youth turkey hunt.

Last year, hunters harvested 11,853 turkeys.

“We were expecting the harvest to be down a little because we’ve had fairly poor hatches the last couple of years,” said Brad Carner, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s chief of wildlife management.

Hunters saw mostly favorable weather conditions throughout much of the 2017 season, except rainy and cool weather during part of the final weekend of hunting on April 22-23.