Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Sunday, January 29th, 2023

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2009 Statewide Spring Turkey Season Set to Open

Nashville – The statewide spring turkey season is set to open in
Tennessee and the 2009 outlook is very promising for gobbler
hunters, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Tennessee’s turkey restoration project has proven to be a
success since it was implemented. After years of record harvests
which peaked with the number harvested in 2006, the numbers have
decreased each of the past two years. However, sportsmen can take
comfort that there is no evidence of decline in the state’s turkey
population.

“The typical Tennessee spring harvest consists of just fewer
than 90 percent mature gobblers and about 10 percent jakes which
tell us that our turkey population is healthy,” said Gray Anderson,
TWRA Turkey Program Coordinator. “Our summer brood surveys in 2007
and ’08 were in line with our long term average which is good given
the 2007 drought. Given the good brood production in 2007 and the
recent mild winters, there is expectation we will continue
excellent gobbler harvest.”

Another contributing factor to the lower numbers was inclement
weather each of the past two years on the opening weekend. In 2007,
there was the record cold spell and last year there were storms
throughout the state.

Tennessee’s 2009 statewide spring turkey season runs from
Saturday, March 28 through May 10. All Tennessee counties are open
to wild turkey hunting including Wildlife Management Areas and
refuges unless specifically listed. For specifics, sportsmen should
check the 2008 Tennessee Hunting and Fishing Guide which is
available at any TWRA Regional Office, license agent or online at
www.tnwildlife.org.

The statewide young sportsman hunt was March 21-22 with 994
turkeys reported harvested. Greene County was the top harvest
county with 39 turkeys while Dickson County, the top county for the
spring season overall last year, was second with 31 and Giles
County was third with 30.

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