Turkey

Louisiana amends notice of intent on 2012 turkey season regulations

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) presented an amended notice of intent for the 2012 turkey season dates and regulations at the Sept. 1 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting. Based on public comment collected since the original notice of intent was adopted in July, LDWF recommended reverting to the same area designations used for the 2011 turkey…

Prepare Now for Vermont's Fall Turkey Hunting

WATERBURY, VT – The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department urges hunters to prepare now for Vermont fall turkey hunting. "A schedule of hunter safety courses is listed on Vermont Fish and Wildlife's website (vtfishandwildlife.com)," says Director of Wildlife Mark Scott. "You may need camo clothing or other equipment. You probably should practice your turkey calling. Don't forget to scout the…

Nebraska Fall Turkey Hunting Permits Available

LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may purchase their fall turkey permits now through the end of the year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The fall season is Sept. 15-Dec. 31. A fall turkey permit allows a hunter to shoot a gobbler with either a shotgun or archery equipment, including a crossbow. The bag limit is two turkeys of…

WI: Turkey tag numbers the same as last fall

Madison – The DNR Turkey Committee has decided to issue the same number of permits this fall as last fall. That means 95,700 permits will be available for the 2011 fall turkey season, which runs from Sept. 17-Nov. 17 in all seven turkey zones. If approved in the Legislature, there also will be an extended season in zones 1-5 from…

Montana Fall Turkey Hunting Special Permit Applications Due

Hunters planning to pursue wild turkeys in parts of western Montana this fall must apply for a special permit by July 28. The fall turkey hunting season begins Sept. 1. Prospective fall turkey hunters interested in a special permit may apply by mail using an official application; at a regional office, or online. Fall turkey hunting is by special permit…

CO: July 14 is the Fall Turkey hunting application deadline

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding hunters that the deadline to apply for fall turkey licenses is Thursday. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by regular mail before midnight on July 14 in order to be included in the drawing for limited fall turkey licenses. Instructions for applying for a license can be found on page 2…

2012 Louisiana Turkey Hunting Season Dates, Regulations Proposed

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) proposed the season dates and regulations revisions for the 2012 turkey hunting season at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's July 7 meeting. LDWF recommended dividing the state into two zones, north and south, in order to address public comments on a later opening date for turkey season in north Louisiana. The…

NY: Turkey harvest down sharply

Weather blamed; concerns remain over nesting Albany – New York's spring gobbler hunters struggled through a May season marked by fewer birds in many areas of the state, as well as wet weather that may have limited their hunting activity. DEC officials said preliminary indications are that the gobbler harvest will be down sharply from last season – perhaps as much…

40,103 turkeys registered in Wisconsin's 2011 spring turkey season

Fall season permit applications due August 1 Preliminary estimates show that Wisconsin hunters registered 40,103 turkeys during the 2011 spring turkey season. A total of 210,059 permits were issued for the spring hunt, according to licensing officials. Zone 1 produced the highest overall turkey harvest at 12,253 birds, followed by Zone 3 with 9,848 turkeys. The best hunter success appears…

Rabbits, Turkeys, and Dads

Helping my son and daughter achieve "firsts" as they were growing up was one of the biggest joys of parenting, and it happened regularly. But this spring I got the rare chance to help my father add to his list of firsts, and the experience had echoes of a November day we shared more than 30 years ago – with a twist. I should…

Sights and sounds in the turkey woods

June is here but it was a good May and full of memorable moments in the woods. The last week of a rather quiet turkey season, I was sitting in a favorite calling location when I had the good fortune to run into one of the least seen birds of the forest, a male scarlet tanager. There's no mistaking one,…

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,216 Spring Turkeys

Preliminary harvest numbers for the 2011 spring gobbler season show a take of 9,216 bearded turkeys, a decline of 10 percent from the 2010 harvest of 10,209 birds. Division of Natural Resources' wildlife officials surmise a combination of inclement weather, high gas prices, and lower turkey numbers were major factors in the lower kill. "Our biologists had predicted a slightly…

Delaware's wild turkey season has eighth-straight record harvest

For the eighth straight year, Delaware's wild turkey season has set a new harvest record – bringing more prominence to one of the state's most successful wildlife restoration programs as it coincides with DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife celebrating its first century of conservation service. The spring wild turkey season tallied 487 birds, surpassing last year's harvest by more…

Louisiana officials propose changes for 2012 turkey season

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today summarized the changes in the turkey hunting regulations that it expects to make when the formal season proposal is made at the July meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The department expects to propose two turkey hunting zones with different opening dates. It is expected that the season would…

WI: Turkey hunter charged in shooting of 5-year-old boy

Jackson, Wis. – A Washington County man has been charged with shooting a 5-year old boy he mistook for a turkey. Philip J. Brunner, 28, of Jackson, has been charged with misdemeanor endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon. The maximum penalty is up to nine months in jail and a possible fine of up to $10,000. Brunner…

Highs and lows in the turkey woods

Yeah, the turkey I took this season was pretty big. But it came close to not happening. And not just on that morning as I sat propped up against the tree, straining to hold the shotgun still and focus on the bird through an eye that was continually scrunched by an ill-designed facemask. No, it was years ago – maybe…

Virginia 2011 Spring Turkey Harvest Report

Spring turkey hunters reported harvesting 15,687 birds during the 2011 season. The statewide harvest was 3% higher than last year's total of 15,190 birds. Counties east of the Blue Ridge Mountains increased 3% with a harvest of 10,441 birds compared to 10,130 birds last year. The harvest in counties west of the Blue Ridge (5,265) was 4% higher than last…

Skunked by Turkeys on Friday the 13th

I was lucky to have two great teachers take me on my first turkey hunt – Kelly Alexander, of Chaseburg, and Jesse Wojtkiewicz, of Rochester, Minn. They film for an outdoor TV show as a hobby and they also love taking out new hunters. The hunting began Friday the 13th; maybe that was our first mistake. I tell myself I am…

Illinois turkey season ends with disappointing numbers

Before the spring turkey season, there was talk of a record year. But hunters bagged 15,121 wild turkeys during the 2011 spring season, considerably fewer than the 16,565 taken during the spring of 2010. Hunters took a state-record 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006. "This year's wild turkey season will probably be best remembered for being the wettest…

The evolution of a turkey hunter

In recent years I've become convinced more than ever that experience may be the biggest factor contributing to success in the spring turkey woods, and if that's the case then by the time I'm 138 years old I should have a pretty good handle on things. But it's true. How else could you explain my run of luck in recent…