Turkey Hunting News

Mississippi Spring Turkey Season Continues Until May 1

Mississippi turkey hunters still have time remaining in the 2012 spring season, which closes on May 1, 2012.  Hunters throughout most regions of the Magnolia State are reporting great success during the 2012 turkey season.  A good statewide hatch in 2010 resulted in an increase in the great number of 2-year old gobblers hunters have encountered this spring.  "Two-year old gobblers are usually the most vocal and tend to be more susceptible to harvest" says MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Leader Adam Butler.

Idaho Application Period for Controlled Hunts Opens May 1

The application period for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey controlled hunts starts Tuesday, May 1, and runs through June 5.

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5; or online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Hunters must have a 2012 Idaho hunting license to apply.

Wheelin' Sportsmen Hunt Provides Fun with a Big Harvest

The NWTF Wheelin' Sportsmen program's "SRS Ultimate Turkey Hunt" proved to be aptly named.

Twenty-nine hunters with disabilities, aided by guides and local volunteers, harvested 28 wild turkeys during morning hunts April 20-21 at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C. Each hunter was limited to two gobblers each day.

"I'm happy. I think everything went well and everybody had a great time," said Randy Green, the NWTF's new national coordinator of the Wheelin' Sportsmen outreach program.

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Survey and Poaching Information

The spring turkey hunting season in West Virginia begins April 23 and runs through May 19. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with the West Virginia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), is preparing to conduct its annual survey of spring gobbler hunters and is seeking hunters to participate.

Ohio Blue Rock State Forest Hosts Special Hunt

Nineteen disabled hunters participated in a special hunt for wild turkeys at Blue Rock State Forest in Muskingum County on April 14, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry.

Delay Mowing to Avoid Disturbing Wild Turkey Nests in Mississippi

Late April through early June is the peak nesting season for wild turkeys and several other ground-nesting birds.  These species prefer to nest in overgrown pastures, hay fields, road edges, and ditch banks, which can make them vulnerable to mowing and haying.  In order to avoid impacting these species, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recommends delaying mowing of these areas until after July 1st.

Indiana CheckIN Game System in Place for Turkey Season

Hunters during the spring and youth turkey season now have the option of reporting their harvest information using a free online system through the Department of Natural Resources called CheckIN Game.

Hunters can report their turkey harvest through a computer, tablet or wide variety of smart phones and handheld devices without having to take the turkey to a designated check station for physical inspection.

However, hunters will still have the option of taking their turkey to a designated check station.

Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Seeks Suspect in Turkey Case

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents are seeking a suspect who, according to witnesses, fired a gun from inside a vehicle across a public roadway and illegally took a wild turkey.

North Carolina Home from the Hunt Campaign Urges Turkey Season Safety

With wild turkey hunting season in full swing statewide through May 12, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home from the Hunt™ safety campaign reminds everyone to take precautions to ensure a safe and successful day in the field.

Michigan Wild Turkey Hunting Season Opens April 23

The Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to participate in the upcoming spring wild turkey season, which runs April 23 through May 31. Michigan's current turkey population is estimated at over 200,000 birds, and turkey hunters here are fortunate to have one of the longest turkey seasons nationwide. Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for turkey harvest and is rated as having high-quality turkey hunting.