Turkey Hunting News

North Dakota’s Fall Turkey Season Set, Apply Online

North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 4,145 licenses available to hunters, a decrease of 10 percent from last year.

Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor for the state Game and Fish Department, said harvest and population data from hunting units in the southwest and in some units in the central part of the state indicate poor production and chick recruitment from 2008-2011.

Tuesday is Arizona’s Fall Hunt Application Deadline

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply for Arizona’s fall draw for hunting deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo and pheasant. Applications must be received by the Arizona Game and Fish Department by 7 p.m. (MST), Tuesday, June 12. There are three ways to apply for the fall draw: online, in person or by mail.

Wisconsin’s 2012 Spring Turkey Harvest Up 6 Percent from 2011

Turkey hunters took advantage of comfortable hunting conditions this spring, judging by the preliminary registration total of 42,612 turkeys, a 6 percent increase over the spring 2011 turkey season. A total of 201,984 permits were issued for this year’s hunt, down slightly from the 2011 total of 210,384.

Unseasonably warm weather characterized much of the season, in stark contrast to last year when snow, wind, and rain hindered hunters during the early time periods.

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 8,332 Spring Turkeys

Preliminary harvest figures for the 2012 spring gobbler season are in and West Virginia hunters checked in 8,332 bearded turkeys, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the Division of Natural Resources. This year’s harvest is a 10 percent decline from the 2011 harvest and a 15 percent decline from the previous five-year average.

Fall and Spring Turkey Season Applications Now Available in Wisconsin

Applications for the 2012 fall and 2013 spring Wisconsin turkey hunting season are now available and can be purchased at any of the 1,350 locations that sell Department of Natural Resources licenses or over the Internet through the DNR Online License Center.

The fall turkey application deadline is August 1, and the 2013 spring turkey application deadline is Dec. 10.

Ohio Hunters Harvest More Than 17,000 Turkeys During Spring Hunt

Hunters checked 17,647 wild turkeys during Ohio’s four-week statewide spring turkey hunting season that ended May 20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The preliminary total represents a three percent decrease over last year’s harvest number of 18,162.

Ashtabula County again led the state in the number of turkeys killed with 762. Counties with additional high harvest numbers were: Ashtabula-762, Tuscarawas-531, Guernsey-495, Coshocton-492, Muskingum-486, Belmont-456, Knox-451, Harrison-450, Trumbull-428 and Adams-420.

Man Bitten by Coyote Who Mistook Him for a Turkey

Photo: Don DeBold (donjd2)Opening day can prove to be one full of oddities as many accidents and strange occurrences can happen as sportsmen and wildlife get back into the swing of things. And sometimes, hunters can run afoul of coyotes who are on the prowl for breakfast.

“I’ll never forget looking up and seeing a jaw full of teeth coming at me,” Bill Robinson, 39, from Maine said in an interview with Bangor Daily News.

Ohio's Young Hunters Productive During Special Two-Day Turkey Hunt

Ashtabula youth lead state with 73 wild turkeys checked

Young hunters across Ohio again experienced success during the annual youth spring turkey season, held Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

2012 Spring Gobbler Season Looks Good for New Hampshire Turkey Hunters

It should be a good spring season for New Hampshire’s turkey hunters, says New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Turkey Biologist Ted Walski. The spring gobbler season opens Thursday, May 3, and runs through Thursday, May 31, statewide.  New Hampshire's Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend occurs the weekend before the season opens, this year taking place on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, 2012.

Missouri First-week Turkey Harvest Rebounds

–Missouri hunters shot more turkeys during the first week of the spring hunting season than they did during the same period last year. This is the first increase since 2004.

This year’s first-week harvest of 21,765 represents a 15.8 percent increase from 2011. It also is 2.1 percent more than the previous five-year average. Top counties were Franklin with 467 turkeys checked, Ste. Genevieve with 439 and Texas with 433.