Indianapolis - Indiana's spring wild turkey hunting season kicks off next week.
The state Department of Natural Resources says this year's kickoff date of April 27 is later than normal.
That's because it's always the first Wednesday after April 20, and this year the 20th itself fell on a Wednesday.
The DNR says the last time the spring turkey season opened on April 27 was in 2005, and hunters set a harvest record that year of 11,159 birds.
The next year, the season opened April 26, and hunters again set a record harvest of 13,193.
That record stood until last year when hunters set a new standard of 13,742 birds in a season that began on the earliest possible date: April 21.
This year's spring turkey season runs through May 15.
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