MARTINEZ, Calif. — Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving. But some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying the wild ones will go away. Introduced into the state for hunting decades ago, wild turkeys are thriving and have invaded urban areas, perhaps seeking food, water and safety from predators over five years of drought. “The neighborhood embraces them,” Darlene…
Popular among non-resident hunters is the distinct feather pattern and coloration of the Merriam’s subspecies. Those birds reside in Nebraska’s Panhandle and Niobrara valley. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters liked what they experienced while pursuing wild turkeys in Nebraska this spring according to an annual survey by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Almost all respondents — more than 96…
Harvest down slightly this year, but fall gun turkey hunting open in only 56 of Illinois’ 102 counties.
While season lengths in most WMUs remain unchanged from last year, the first season segment has been shortened from three weeks to two in WMU 4E, and from two weeks to one in WMUs 4A and 4B – to help those populations rebound from declining trends.
The key to a successful Midwestern autumn wild turkey season is plenty of yelping and a feeding-hen decoy.
The season would be separate from the fall hunt and open to all gun deer hunters.
By Gary Sefton Henry E. Davis, in his landmark book “The American Wild Turkey,” said he believed anyone could kill a lovesick gobbler in the spring; the real challenge in turkey hunting was to hunt them in the fall. His opinion was voiced in 1949, when his book was published. A lot has changed since then. I think he could…
In Michigan, Hunting Access Program offers private land for hunting, boost for Pheasant Restoration Initiative
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the program in the state, created in 1977 to increase public hunting opportunities in southern Michigan, where 97 percent of the land base is privately owned.
New Wisconsin state budget eliminates carcass tags for deer and turkeys, registration of Canada geese
Motorists may now pick up road-killed turkeys with DNR authorization.
Wildlife Research Center in Ramsey, Minn., will sponsor Melissa Bachman’s appearance at the 2018 Minnesota Outdoor News Deer & Turkey Classic, March 9-11 in the Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Bachman, a headliner at the annual show, is a well-known hunting television personality and currently hosts the Winchester Deadly Passion series on the Sportsman Channel. Wildlife Research Center is a leader…
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law House Bill 2893, which amended the Illinois Wildlife Code to repeal restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery hunting seasons in Illinois.
National Wild Turkey Federation and Department of Natural Resources staff members celebrate the opening of the new Turkey Tract at Flat River State Game Area in Montcalm County.The National Wild Turkey Federation and Michigan DNR recently introduced the second Turkey Tract in southern Michigan, at the Flat River State Game Area. The new Turkey Tract is located off Fenwick Road,…
Members of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Michigan DNR unveiled its newest information kiosk in the Flat River State Game Area.
CONCORD, N.H. — A biologist says hunters harvested 4,482 turkeys in New Hampshire during this year’s spring hunt, 600 more than last year and the second-highest harvest on record. Ted Walski of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says the highest number on record is 4,550, taken in 2013. Walski says last winter was relatively easy for wild turkeys…
The survey for the first time will include a mobile app to report findings.
“The hunter success rate increased from the previous year of 21 percent to 29 percent of hunters harvesting at least one bird. And 32 percent of those successful hunters harvested a second bearded bird to fill the two-bird spring bag limit.”
“Citizen scientists” help DEC gauge turkey population.
Move to Peoria Civic Center more than doubles exhibitor space from the 2016 event, allowing for 285 hunting exhibitors and outfitter booths on-site showcasing the latest in hunting and archery equipment, accessories, clothing and more.
Public again asked to help help state wildlife officials scientifically manage turkey population by reporting Vermont turkey sightings during August.
Matt DiBona (l), Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Fred Bird. (National Wild Turkey Federation)EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke formally announced the release of $1.1 billion from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act on Tuesday, June 13 that will continue to support fish, wildlife and habitat conservation. Prior to the announcement, Zinke met with a group of hunting and conservation…
Next hunting opportunity in the state is for black bear. Hunters can lay bait for bears starting July 29 and start hunting Aug. 28.
Hunters killed 18,860 wild turkeys this spring, a 9 percent increase from last year.
The NWTF has identified the South Hills as one of the focal landscapes in its Western Wildlands region of America’s Big Six of Wildlife Conservation.
Hunters reported nearly 11,800 turkeys during 2017 spring season.
Hunters checked 19,095 birds during the 2017 wild turkey south zone and northeast zone hunting seasons compared to 16,229 birds in 2016. Youth hunters checked 1,920 birds during the 2017 youth season compared to 1,564 in 2016.
Rachel Hollingsworth of Jacksonville, Ala., the recipient of Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship.