MONTPELIER, VT. >> The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says the state's turkey hunt was about average last year.

Statistics released Monday by Fish and Wildlife show that 5,874 turkeys were taken during Vermont's three hunting seasons — the spring youth hunt, the regular May spring season, and the fall hunt.

Turkey Project Leader Amy Alfieri says turkey reproduction was above average in 2015, but severe winters and wet springs over the past couple years may have contributed to a lower-than-average harvest this fall.

Biologists estimate Vermont's wild turkey population is between 45,000 to 60,000 birds.