Turkey hunters might have to look around longer in search of gobblers this season.

The Division of Natural Resources says fewer wild birds are roaming the hillsides.

They don't expect that to affect the harvest that much.

Hunters took nearly 12,000 gobblers last spring, an increase of about eight percent over the 2005 hunt.

DNR spokesman Hoy Murphy advises hunters to go out looking for tracks and good food sources, and to listen for the bird's gobbling noises.

Murphy added that traditionally the best locations to find turkeys are in the eastern mountains.

The normal season runs from April 23 to May 19th.

Birds can be bagged a half hour before sunrise and hunters must be out of the woods by 1 p.m.