Turkey Hunting News

Sign-up To Begin for Illinois Youth Turkey Hunters

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is announcing expanded hunting opportunities for youth turkey hunters next spring thanks to the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP). The program launched last month by IDNR allows the department to use federal funds to lease property from private landowners in Illinois to make available additional hunting and public access areas.

2012 Wisconsin Spring Turkey, Black Bear Permit Application Deadline Dec. 10

Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until close of business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for the 2012 Wisconsin spring turkey hunting season and the 2012 black bear hunting season.

Arizona Spring Hunt Draw is Complete – Get Your Results

Get ready to put some spring into your step – the 2012 spring draw for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear has been completed and results are now available online.

California Wild Turkey Successfully Released Back Into the Wild

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and UC Davis worked together to capture, treat and release a wild turkey that captured residents’ imagination this week.

On the Watch for Wild Turkeys in New Hampshire

Turkey productivity was average in 2011, according to a report just released by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department summarizing results of its first-ever wild turkey brood survey. The effort was accomplished with the help of hundreds of interested people across the state who reported sightings of flocks with young turkeys via an online reporting site this spring and summer. The survey took place from May 15-August 31, 2011.

Oklahoma Online Hunter Check Station Brings New-found Convenience to Checking in Big Game

Many hunters have already experienced the convenience of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Check Station Web Portal, which allows sportsmen to check in their harvested deer, turkey and elk electronically. It is simple and fast, requiring only a computer or mobile device with Internet access.

Hunters can print a carcass tag from a printer or simply write their confirmation number on the field tag that they made when they harvested the animal.

Maryland DNR Announces Early Deer Season and Fall Turkey Harvest Results

Maryland deer hunters wrapped up the early portions of the bow and muzzleloader seasons by harvesting an estimated 24,324 deer during September and October, down 4 percent from last year’s harvest of 25,324 deer for the same period.

Missouri Fall Firearms Turkey Harvest up 19 Percent

An increase in this year’s fall firearms turkey harvest could be the first concrete evidence that Missouri’s wild-turkey population is recovering.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Telecheck database shows that hunters checked 7,077 turkeys during the fall firearms turkey season Oct. 1 through 31. Top harvest counties were Greene, with 209 turkeys checked, Franklin with 194 and Henry with 175. Juvenile turkeys made up 58.2 percent of the total, up from 55.5 percent last year.

Give Thanks for Hunting Opportunities in Florida

November means the 2011-12 huntin' season's in full swing. In this month's column, I cover most everything you need to know about general gun, fall turkey, quail and gray squirrel, snipe and the second phase of mourning and white-winged dove seasons.

The first thing you need to do is pick up a $17 Florida resident hunting license. Nonresidents pay $46.50 for a 10-day license or $151.50 for 12 months.

85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Internet for Checking Game

Deer must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest

More than 24,000 white-tailed deer have been checked through Ohio’s new automated game check system, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Hunters must still report their deer harvest, but they are no longer required to take their deer to a check station for physical inspection. Instead, hunters have three options to complete the new automated game check: