Turkey Hunting News

Washington Big Game Raffle Deadline July 22nd

Hunters have until Friday, July 22, to enter the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) special big-game hunt raffles for this fall.

Raffle hunts are available for black-tailed deer, mule deer, white-tailed deer, westside elk, eastside elk, California bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat. Like last year, five multi-species raffle hunts will be available in which hunters can harvest multiple animals.

Missouri Announces Deer Season Changes for 2011-12 Season

Hunters will find seasons and regulations for Missouri's 2011-2012 deer-hunting season similar to last year's. Exceptions include the timing of the Early Youth Portion of Firearms Deer Season and new counties where unlimited antlerless permits are available.

Louisiana Considers Turkey Season Date and Regulation Changes

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) proposed the season dates and regulations revisions for the 2012 turkey hunting season at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's July 7 meeting.

Delaware Asking for Reports of Turkey Sightings

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteer birdwatchers to assist the Division with its 2nd annual productivity survey on the location and number of wild turkeys in Delaware. This data will help biologists track the health, distribution and reproductive success of the state's wild turkeys with the goal of ensuring a sustainable harvest of this treasured game species.

Rhode Island Asks for Reports of Turkey Brood Sightings

The Department of Environmental Management is asking Rhode Islanders to assist its Division of Fish and Wildlife's wild turkey project by reporting any sightings of wild turkey hens with (or without) broods of young turkeys (poults). DEM biologists need the information to evaluate this year's reproduction of wild turkeys, the survival of the young, and the population of the state's wild turkey flock.

Kentucky Blue Grass Army Depot Quota Hunts

Applications are now being taken for quota hunts at the 15,000-acre Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond.

In addition to hunts for deer, dove and turkey, depot officials are adding waterfowl and rabbit hunting this year. The application deadline for mentor and adult hunts for dove is June 30. The deadline to apply for all other hunts is July 31.

North Dakota's Fall Turkey Season Set

North Dakota's fall turkey season is set with 4,630 licenses available to hunters, according to Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor for the state Game and Fish Department.

This year's figure is down 20 percent from last year. However, 1,300 additional licenses may be used early this fall in specific hunting units if turkey reproduction is exceptionally good this spring.

Delaware Spring Turkey Hunters Have 8th Straight Record Season

For the eighth straight year, Delaware's wild turkey season has set a new harvest record – bringing more prominence to one of the state's most successful wildlife restoration programs as it coincides with DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife celebrating its first century of conservation service. The spring wild turkey season tallied 487 birds, surpassing last year’s harvest by more than 100 gobblers, and included a 25½-pound tom shot by a first-time turkey hunter that was the largest in the state this year.

Louisiana Game Commission Briefed on Changes to 2011-12 Turkey Season

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has summarized the changes in the turkey hunting regulations that it expects to make when the formal season proposal is made at the July meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The department expects to propose two turkey hunting zones with different opening dates.

It is expected that the season would open in the south on the Saturday closest to March 22, and in the north on the Saturday closest to March 29. Youth turkey hunt weekends would be set a week prior to the season openings.

West Virginia Spring Turkey Harvest Numbers Released

Preliminary harvest numbers for the 2011 spring gobbler season show a take of 9,216 bearded turkeys, a decline of 10 percent from the 2010 harvest of 10,209 birds. Division of Natural Resources' wildlife officials surmise a combination of inclement weather, high gas prices, and lower turkey numbers were major factors in the lower kill.