Turkey Hunting News

Apply Now for Fall Turkey Hunts
Applications for this year's fall turkey hunt are being accepted at Electronic Licensing System vendors across Minnesota. Fall turkey hunters may apply for one of 4,380 permits to hunt in one of 24 permit areas from Oct. 13-17 or Oct. 20-24. This is a 13 percent increase in available permits compared with 2003.
Fall Turkey Hunt Applications Available
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today reminded turkey hunters the period to apply for a 2004 Michigan fall turkey hunting license is July 1 through Aug. 1. A total of 40,800 licenses are available through a lottery for the 2004 fall turkey hunting season. Last fall, hunters spent 79,163 days pursuing turkeys and harvested about 5,000 birds.
Spring Turkey Hunting Season Results
According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife, spring wild turkey hunters harvested an estimated 2,944 gobblers during the six-week season that ended on May 28. This was the fourth largest harvest since the spring turkey season was established in 1981, but is below the recent average.
Hunters Harvest 2,760 Wild Turkeys in 2004
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul A. Peditto announced the results of the 2004 spring turkey season. The reported harvest of 2,760 wild turkeys is nearly 12% below the 2003 near-record harvest of 3,120.
Fall Turkey Season Set
A total of 10,980 wild turkey licenses are available for the fall hunting season, an increase of 1,885 from last year, reports Randy Kreil, wildlife chief. "Turkeys continue to do well in most parts of the state and license numbers for the 2004 season reflect this trend," Kreil said.
Spring Wild Turkey Harvest Decline
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced that the reported harvest from the spring wild turkey season dropped about 10 percent this year due, in part, to poor reproduction by wild turkeys in 2003. Changes in the reporting system for turkey harvests also may have affected the reporting rate, according to Mike Seamster, the Wildlife Commission’s upland game bird biologist.
Spring Gobbler Harvest Results Down
Hunters in West Virginia harvested 10,461 turkeys during the 2004 spring gobbler season, according to Jim Pack , Wild Turkey Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section. Preliminary harvest figures indicate that the turkey kill was 16.5% lower than 2003.
NWTF and Georgia DNR Answering the Call
The sound of a wild turkey gobbling gets louder every year in Georgia. Pretty amazing, considering that wild turkeys were nearly silenced in the 1900s following a century of habitat loss and market hunting, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.
Record Harvest for 2004 Spring Turkey Season
Hunters in Illinois wrapped up another successful spring wild turkey hunting season last week with a record-setting harvest, taking a preliminary statewide total 15,066 turkeys, compared with a statewide harvest of 14,627 birds during the 2003 spring season.
Special Turkey Hunts are Success
Two special spring turkey hunts — one for disabled hunters and one for women — were recently conducted in the Council Grove area. Although designed to entice beginning or novice hunters into the woods in search of a spring gobbler, these hunts were open to hunters of all experience levels, pairing hunters with experienced volunteers.