MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says turkey hunters had a successful spring season.

Preliminary numbers show that hunters brought home 6,570 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season, including 743 turkeys taken during the April youth weekend hunt.

Fish and Wildlife Turkey Project Leader Chris Bernier says the hunter success rate increased from 21 percent last year to 29 percent this year. And almost a third of the successful hunters harvested a second bearded bird to fill the two-bird spring bag limit.

Bernier says the relatively mild conditions last winter helped the state’s turkeys.