Turkey Hunting News

Wildlife Management Areas will Hold Youth Turkey Hunts
Alabama hunters have the opportunity to introduce youngsters to turkey hunting on the Saturday prior to regular opening day of spring turkey season. Youth-adult pairs should check in and out at the WMA checking station as a single unit. Only one firearm will be allowed per youth-adult group. Only the youth hunter will be permitted to utilize the firearm for hunting.
Jump Starting the Turkey Population
It may not be Thanksgiving, but 61 Merriam's turkeys found new homes across New Mexico in early February during a trap and transplant operation by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
Spring Turkey Permits Available
Nebraska residents may now apply for 2004 turkey hunting. Permits for both shotgun and archery hunters are $21.00 and non-resident permits are $66.00. A current $13.00 Nebraska Habitat Stamp is also required of every resident 16 years of age or older who hunts game species or takes furbearers.
HAAP Announces Spring Turkey Hunts
Holston Army Ammunition Plant (HAAP) will host three turkey hunts during the statewide 2004 spring turkey season. Each hunt will begin thirty minutes before sunrise and end at noon. The quota for each hunt is 16 hunters. Three alternate hunters will be selected for each hunt to replace no-shows.
Hundreds of Wild Turkey Transferred
Hundreds of wild turkeys from Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas found new homes in Utah over the past two weeks, while hundreds more were moved within the state. All of this "turkey moving" is part of the Division of Wildlife Resources' wild turkey management program, which is seeking to increase the number of wild turkeys in Utah.
15,600 Turkey Permits Drawn
15,600 hunters were awarded turkey permits in a random chance drawing on February 10th at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) headquarters in Augusta. There were 24,040 hunters who applied for the 15,600 permits.
Spring Turkey Season Prospects
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters that the 2004 Spring Gobbler Season is scheduled to begin, Monday, April 19 and will continue for six weeks (note that a special youth day is scheduled for Saturday, April 17). Again this year, New Jersey will host one of the longest spring gobbler seasons in the Northeast.
Spring Turkey Apps Available
South Dakota’s 2004 spring turkey application is available and can be found at Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) offices, license agents and via the GFP website at www.state.sd.us/gfp/. Folks can also apply online at that web address with a credit card.
Turkeys to be Trapped and Tracked
Despite below zero temperatures, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) trappers are staying hot on the trail of the wild turkey in southeastern Minnesota. The goal, according to DNR Winona Area Wildlife Manager Gary Nelson, is to initially trap about 70 turkeys this winter to be transplanted in the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, Morrison County, and the Snake River State Forest.
Hunter Ed Required at Camp Atterbury
Beginning with the spring turkey season this year, hunter education certification will be required for all hunters using Camp Atterbury Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana.