Turkey Hunting News

Fall Turkey Hunters Harvest 10,216
Preliminary information shows hunters harvested 10,216 wild turkeys during the 2004 fall season that ran Oct. 9 through Nov. 7. Approximately 78,900 permits were issued for the 30-day season, for which there were approximately 90,800 applicants, with 76,600 receiving at least one permit, and 2,300 receiving two permits.
Spring Turkey Hunting Application Deadline
State conservation officials today reminded hunters the application period for the 2005 spring wild turkey hunting season is Jan.1 through Feb. 1, 2005. The spring hunting season is from Apr. 18 through May 31, with various hunting periods ranging in length from seven to 30 days.
Conservation Commission Expands Fall Turkey Season
The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved 2005 spring turkey hunting regulations identical to this year's, but it more than doubled the length of the fall turkey hunting season and liberalized fall bag limit regulations slightly.
Turkey Area 10 Includes Big Horn County
Prospective spring turkey hunters are alerted that hunt area 10 in the Bighorn Basin includes Hot Springs County. Hot Springs County was mistakenly omitted from the map in the spring turkey regulations and on applications. Area 10 also includes Washakie County, southern Big Horn County and southeast Park County.
2005 Spring Turkey Proposed With More Licenses
South Dakota’s spring turkey hunters could have more to gobble about for next spring’s turkey season. The Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed more prairie licenses to be available for the April 9 through May 15 spring turkey season. Additional changes would involve combining or splitting some units.
2004 Turkey Harvest Lowest Since 1967
The unofficial fall wild turkey harvest in 2004 was 1,295, according to Paul R. Johansen, Assistant Chief of Game Management in the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The kill was 30 percent lower than the 1,841 reported in 2003 and was the lowest fall harvest since 1967.
Wild Turkey Introduction Turned Down
The province has decided not to approve the introduction of wild turkeys to Nova Scotia at this time. In 2001, the Nova Scotia chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation submitted a proposal to the province seeking approval to introduce wild turkeys to the area. Wild turkeys are not native to Nova Scotia.
Commission Sets 2005 Spring Turkey Season
At its meeting in Nashville on Thursday, December 2, 2004, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission set the spring wild turkey hunting regulations for 2005, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
Spring Turkey Application Deadline December 10
Turkey hunters have until Dec. 10 to apply for a permit for the 2005 Wisconsin spring turkey hunting season. Preliminary permit levels for the spring season are set at 193,386 permits available in the 43 turkey management zones, and 237 permits available for those state parks that are open for spring turkey hunting.
Wild Turkey Hunting Season Comments Sought
Only one change in Southwest Idaho turkey hunting seasons is being proposed. It would involve adding ten additional youth hunt tags to the controlled hunt currently being offered in unit 38. "The idea is to generate additional interest in turkey hunting among young hunters," Fish and Game wildlife manager Jon Rachael noted.