Connecticut Turkey Season Runs Through May 28th

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The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds hunters that the 2011 Connecticut spring wild turkey hunting season runs through May 28.

This year will mark the 31st consecutive year that sportsmen have hunted turkeys in Connecticut. The statewide turkey population is estimated at approximately 35,000 birds. Healthy and numerous wild turkey populations exist throughout the majority of Connecticut’s woodlands. Last spring, 7,389 hunters took 1,245 bearded turkeys.

"In addition to longer and warmer days, spring brings a special treat for many Connecticut hunters – turkey hunting. Our mixed hardwood forests and adjacent agricultural lands offer ideal habitat and plentiful forage, which in combination provide for some of the finest turkey hunting in New England," said Rick Jacobson, Director of the DEP Wildlife Division.

During the 2011 spring season, two bearded turkeys may be taken on state land and three on private land. Hunting is permitted from one-half hour before sunrise until noon each day; except on the designated junior hunter training days when the hunting hours have been extended until 5:00 PM.

Tagging and Reporting Requirements: All harvested turkeys must be tagged immediately and reported to the DEP on-line or by phone (1-877-337-4868) within 24 hours. Hunters must use 2011 Kill Tags to record information about turkeys they harvest. Copies of the 2011 Kill Tags and instructions are on page 27 of the 2011 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide and also are available on the DEP website at Hunters are no longer required to mail in a kill report card. After reporting their kill via the Internet or by telephone, hunters will be given a confirmation number to write on their Kill Tag. This confirmation number serves as proof that the kill was legally reported.