BALDWIN — Turkey hunting continues to the end of this month.

But initial reports indicate it’s been a good season.

That includes reports from Tom Karsten, regional director for the National Wildlife Turkey Federation.

“There’s a lot of birds I’m hearing, and a good population,” Karsten said while appearing earlier this month at the Bitely-Baldwin NWTF dinner. “The birds were still grouped up (earlier this month) because at that time, we still had a lot of snow on the ground.”

There’s several days left but when the bottom line comes in, Karsten expects it to be impressive/

“I think it’s going to be a phenomenal May,” he said. “Right now, they’re hemmed up but then they’ll start spreading out a bit.”

The NWTF dinners held locally focus on improving habitat.

Those efforts, Karsten said, are paying off.

“We’re doing a tremendous amount of work with the U.S. Forest Service,” Karsten said. “Our biologist secured a lot of grants to further our habitat.”