Friday, February 3rd, 2023
Friday, February 3rd, 2023

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OK: Fifth annual youth spring turkey season keeps youth in the woods for a lifetime

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.

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