Oklahoma Youth Turkey Weekend - April 2-3

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Youth who would like to go turkey hunting have a unique opportunity April 2-3, when young hunters have a chance to hunt turkeys before anybody else this spring. They just need an adult who will take them.

The fifth annual youth spring turkey season is open to hunters under 18 years of age who are accompanied by an adult, and youth may harvest one tom turkey to count toward their county and regular spring season harvest limit.

"A season designated for youth is a great way to make the sport all about them," said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "I've had the good fortune to accompany several youth on hunts now, including my own son, and it is very rewarding. It's a great time to be in the field with your family, and it's a great way to instill a love for the outdoors at a young age."

Youth who have completed the Wildlife Department's hunter education course and who plan to hunt during the youth spring turkey season must be accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older. The adult may not hunt or possess any firearms or archery equipment. Youth who have not completed the hunter education course can still hunt during the youth spring turkey season, but their license will have an apprentice designation and they must be accompanied by a licensed hunter 21 years old or older who possesses a certificate of hunter education or is exempt from the hunter education requirements.

Youth who participate in the youth spring turkey season not only get an early opportunity to hunt, but those who do not harvest a turkey during the youth season may use their unfilled turkey license during the regular spring season, which runs April 6 – May 6.

During the youth spring turkey season, resident youth under 16 and non-residents under 14 are not required to have a hunting license, but they are required to have a turkey license or proof of exemption. Resident youth ages 16 and 17 and non-resident youth ages 14-17 must possess an appropriate hunting license and turkey license or proof of exemption.

Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide season dates. Consult the current "Oklahoma Hunting Guide" for full details and regulations.


hunter25's picture

Well regardless of what the

Well regardless of what the age is it's great to see more states offering these youth hunts to give the kids a chance with better odds not having to compete with the adults. Kids get bored quickly so letting them have the weekend for themselves is a very positive thing.

My son was able to draw doe antelope tags 3 times when the rest of us could not and he still gained his preference point towards a buck permit later on. He had plenty of experience hunting them when he finally got to go after one with horns on it.

Thanks to the states that offer this sort of thing for them.

jaybe's picture

That's different - usually

That's different - usually "youth" hunts are for the very young, like 10 or 12 years old. This "special" youth hunt on April 2-3 is for anyone under 18. Oops, then in the next to last paragraph, it appears that they can be either a resident under 16 or a non-resident under 14. Now that is what I call confusing (icon of little guy scratching his head here).

OK - so, I hope that the youth of Oklahoma, how ever young or old they may be have a great time hunting turkeys with either an adult who is over 18 or 21, as the case may be (another guy scratching his head here).