MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says 2013 was a good year for turkey hunters.

A record 6,968 turkeys were taken by hunters during Vermont's three turkey hunting seasons - the spring youth hunt, the regular May spring season, and the fall turkey hunt.

Biologists estimate the number of wild turkey in the state increased last year to an estimated 45,000 to 60,000 turkeys.

The increase allowed the expansion of turkey hunting opportunities. Hunters now can take three turkeys each year statewide.

Wild turkeys were reintroduced to Vermont in 1969. They disappeared from the state in the 1800s.