Indiana Turkey Season Now Open

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Indiana's 41st annual spring turkey hunting season began Wednesday, April 21 statewide.

Hunters can harvest one male or bearded turkey in the spring season, which runs through May 9.

Hunters must posses a spring turkey hunting license and a valid game bird habitat stamp, or a youth consolidated hunt/trap license, or a lifetime comprehensive hunting or comprehensive hunting and fishing license. An apprentice license is available to anyone, including hunters born after Dec. 31, 1986, who have yet to complete the requirement of hunter education. All persons, regardless of age, are limited to three apprentice licenses in their lifetime.

Legal turkey hunting equipment includes 10-, 12-, 16-, or 20-gauge shotguns, muzzleloading shotguns not smaller than 20-gauge nor larger than 10-gauge, bow and arrow, or crossbow.

Turkeys may be hunted one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except at all DNR fish and wildlife areas, J. Edward Roush, Mississinewa, and Salamonie lakes, where legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon CDT and 1 p.m. EDT.

All turkeys must be properly tagged and checked-in at an official turkey check station. A list of check stations is available in the 2009-2010 Hunting and Trapping Guide or at wildlife.IN.gov.