Kentucky Opens New Area to Spring Turkey Hunting

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Turkey hunters have 1,500 new acres to hunt for the 2007 youth and regular spring turkey seasons at the Knobs State Forest and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Bullitt County near Louisville.

"It's open to all spring turkey seasons," said Brian Clark, Bluegrass Region wildlife coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "It opened to public use last fall."

Kentucky's turkey flock is estimated at roughly 210,000 birds. Last year, hunters harvested a record 28,797 birds.

The youth-only turkey season is this coming weekend, April 7-8. The statewide turkey season opens Saturday, April 14, and closes May 6. The season bag limit is two male turkeys or two turkeys with visible beards. Only one may be taken in a day. All turkeys taken in Kentucky must be checked in by phone at 1-800-245-4263 and the confirmation number must be kept in the hunter's possession throughout the season.

"The Knobs area has a healthy turkey population," Clark said. "Hunting could be good, but birds will 'get smart' quickly under pressure from hunters."

There isn't much parking right now at Knobs State Forest and WMA. “"Parking on the area is tight," Clark said. "The two parking areas are small and there is no parking allowed on Crooked Creek Road, so hunters will have to arrive early on hunt days to get a parking space. We are working toward developing additional parking. Site conditions thus far have prevented it."

Knobs State Forest and WMA lies west of Bernheim Forest and south of the Boy Scout's Camp Crooked Creek. It is open to statewide seasons for small game such as squirrel, rabbit and quail and migratory birds such as doves and woodcock. The area is also open to archery and crossbow deer seasons this fall.

To get there, take I-65 south from Louisville to KY 245 at exit 112. Go west (right) to KY 61. Go south (left) on KY 61 to a left onto Pioneer Drive which runs into Crooked Creek (Scuffletown) Road. The area lies on the right side of Crooked Creek Road. Boundaries are marked with yellow signs and red paint.