Turkey

Ask the Idaho Fish and Game: Turkey tag tango

Q. I drew on a controlled hunt for the 2012 spring turkey hunt in Unit 54, but it doesn’t open till after May 1. I also want to hunt turkey in Unit 8A before the controlled hunt opens. Is it possible to get my controlled hunt tag, a general tag, and also an extra tag for the spring hunt?

Turkey season camaraderie

Wisconsin’s spring turkey hunters will face a few changes in how things are to be done when it comes to hunting wild turkeys this year. The six hunting periods are seven days, instead of five, Wednesday through Tuesday. No big deal to most hunters. We’re likely to see little impact on the success rates by hunters, or even total hours…

North Dakota Spring Turkey Drawing Held, Licenses Remain

The 2012 spring wild turkey lottery has been held and more than 700 licenses remain in nine units. The governor’s proclamation allows a maximum of two licenses, and hunters who did not apply in the first drawing are also eligible. Licenses remain in unit 03, Benson and Ramsey counties and a portion of Pierce County; unit 06, Bowman County; unit…

Talkin' turkey: Florida spring gobbler season is here

Outta' the Woods Better start brushing up on your turkey calling, because spring gobbler season is here. Whether you prefer to use a mouth call, box call, slate or any combination, March means it’s time to start talkin’ turkey. Youth hunters benefited from a rule passed last year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) that established a…

Turkey tag error corrected with second drawing

Madison – An error in the turkey tag drawing that affected about 14,600 hunters was corrected by the DNR as of Jan. 25 when the agency posted corrected drawing information on its licensing website. In order to correct the error that left some applicants without a tag, or with a tag for a later time period than they should have…

NH: New for 2012: Change in allowable turkey shot size

CONCORD, N.H. — A new rule effective January 1, 2012, changes the allowable shot size for taking wild turkey from #2, #4, #5 and #6 to a shot size of #2 or smaller. This change was put in place to allow hunters to use a wider range of shot sizes, including the popular #7 shot utilized in modern heavier-than-lead blended…

Seeking earlier turkey lottery results?

Natural Resources Board member Christine Thomas raised a question at the board's Dec. 14 that could be a matter of convenience for some turkey hunters. Thomas wondered whether anyone within the DNR ever received comments from turkey hunters who would like to know their drawing success earlier so that they can request vacation time at work. Thomas said her calendar…

AR: Application period for WMA turkey hunt ends Jan. 15

LITTLE ROCK -Arkansas turkey hunters may now apply for limited permits on several Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas for the 2012 turkey season. Hunters may apply online by either clicking on the turkey banner at the top of the AGFC website or in the lower right hand corner, hunters can click on Permits: Apply/Check Status. To apply,…

NH:

CONCORD, N.H. — If you see a flock of wild turkeys in New Hampshire this winter, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department would like to hear about it. For the fourth consecutive year, citizens are being asked to report sightings of turkey flocks seen from January 1 through March 31, 2012, by filling out a simple electronic survey form…

UT: Apply for a turkey hunting permit

Even though snow is just starting to fall in Utah, one group of Utahns-the state's turkey hunters-are already preparing for next spring! You can apply at wildlife.utah.gov. Your application must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Dec. 28 to be entered in the draw for permits. The limited-entry hunt will be held in April. The following permits are…

AR: AGFC shortens turkey season by two days

LITTLE ROCK – Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last week shortened the turkey season from last year's total of 18 days to 16 days. The season framework was approved after a review of recent harvests and brood surveys along with input from turkey hunters. The statewide turkey season will be April 14-29 in zones 1, 2, 3,…

Fewer fall shotgun turkey hunters, fewer birds taken in 2011

Firearms turkey hunters in the state took 638 birds during the 9-day season, down 11 percent from last year's total of 716. "This continues a long term trend in both declining harvest and participation in fall turkey hunting, with many hunters choosing to concentrate on archery deer hunting during this time period," Paul Brewer, DNR's turkey biologist, pointed out. Evidence…

CO: PWC sets turkey regs; Honors Bonny manager

BURLINGTON, Colo. – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission finalized 2012 regulations for turkey hunting, approved several fishing regulations for the coming year and rejected a citizen petition requesting the use of electronic calls in mountain lion hunting during their monthly meeting in Burlington. Commissioners also approved changes to the state's river outfitter regulations to permit a wider range of…

SD: Turkey Season Proposals

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission has finalized the Custer State Park Spring Turkey Season with no changes from last season, but the commission proposed a few changes for the Prairie Season.   The 2012 season in Custer State Park will offer 135 male-turkey tags, the same as the previous three years; the season will…

CO: PWC to vote in turkey regs, hear Bonny update

DENVER – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will finalize 2012 regulations for turkey hunting and receive recommendations for improving the private landowner voucher program during its monthly meeting on Thursday Nov. 10 in Burlington. In other business Thursday, commissioners will consider final approval of changes to the state's river outfitter regulations to permit a wider range of acceptable personal…

WI: Fall turkey registration good, so far

Madison – The new call-in and online registration process for fall turkey hunting seems to be going smoothly, according to Sharon Fandel, DNR assistant upland game biologist. Phone calls and online entries are coming in regularly as hunters shoot their birds. The DNR has not fielded many calls from confused hunters. "People know about it," Fandel said. As of Oct….

Wild Turkey in New Jersey

Fall Turkey Permits Now On Sale Fall Turkey Season is Saturday, October 29 to Saturday, November 5, 2011 The Division's Turkey Restoration Project represents one of the greatest wildlife management success stories in the history of the state. By the mid-1800s, turkeys had disappeared in New Jersey due to habitat changes and killing for food. Division biologists, in cooperation with…

MI: Bill would spell out how turkey funds used

Lansing – Proposed legislation would expand the purposes for which the DNR must use part of the money hunters pay for turkey licenses, and require the agency report annually on its use of those funds. But Senate Bill 412, sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, likely won't restrict use of the funds quite as much as in its original form….

MN: DNR seeks input on turkey zones

St. Paul – The Minnesota DNR wants to hear from turkey hunters regarding a proposal that would give them more room to roam within their permit area. Until Oct. 10 the department will accept online comments regarding a proposal to consolidate the state's 77 spring turkey permit areas into nine larger areas. Neighboring Wisconsin did the same thing two years…

CO: PWC Sets Lion Quotas, Advances Turkey Regs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commissioners Thursday set mountain lion hunting harvest limits for 2012 and considered changes in hunting regulations to address late-winter conflicts with turkeys on agricultural properties on some parts of the Eastern Plains. Commissioners also directed staff to continue exploring the environmental protections that would be needed to develop natural gas or oil…

Big changes for Wisconsin fall wild turkey hunters

Wisconsin's 2011 fall turkey season opens this Saturday, September 17th, and hunters are reminded of two important changes that will impact the fall hunt: 1. Hunters must register their turkey online or by phone: hunters will no longer be able to register their turkey at a local registration station. Visit the Wild Turkey Harvest Registration website for more information: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/hunt/Turkey/register.htm….

CO: Conflict Turkeys, Lion Quotas on PWC Agenda

DENVER – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will have its first briefing Thursday on a growing problem in some parts of the Eastern Plains – large flocks of wild turkeys that are creating conflicts with agricultural producers during the winter months. Commissioners will be presented with recommendations for managing so-called "conflict turkeys" during their monthly meeting, which is being…

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…