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TURKEY SEASON TAKES FLIGHT
Tennessee’s statewide turkey season opens Saturday and it appears nice
weather will help kick off the first morning on the right foot.
After the Saturday opener season runs all the way through May 14, giving
hunters a wide window of opportunity.
Last weekend kicked off the season for the annual youth hunt, a two day
event for youngsters to have the first shot of the season. However, high
winds did not work in favor of the youngsters and it was a tough weekend
YOUTH TURKEY HUNT GIVES YOUNGSTERS FIRST SHOT
Young boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16 will get the first
shot at a Tennessee turkey when a special two-day opens this weekend
just for them.
Each year youngsters get a couple of days to kick-start their season
before the regular statewide season opens.
Tennessee’s 2017 spring turkey season opens on Saturday, April 1 and
continues through Sunday, May 14.
Weather is on the minds of adults and youngsters as thunderstorms and
high winds are in the forecast for opening morning. Although it will be
warmer the unstable weather could be a factor.
Spring turkey harvest numbers have been consistent for a number of years
in Tennessee. Tennessee turkey hunters have passed the 30,000 harvest
mark for 14 consecutive years during the spring hunting season.
Hunting hours for turkeys are 30 minutes prior to legal sunrise until
legal sunset. Legal hunting equipment includes shotguns using ammunition
loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller. There is no restriction on number of
rounds in magazine. Longbows, recurve bows, compound bows, and crossbows
Firearms and archery equipment may have sighting devices except those
devices utilizing an artificial light capable of locating wildlife.
Night vision scopes are illegal.
Bag limits are one bearded turkey per day, not to exceed four per
season. Any turkeys harvested during the young sportsman hunt count
toward the spring season limit.
More information on the 2017 spring turkey season can be found in the
2016-17 Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide. The guide is available at
TWRA offices, license agents, and online at www.tnwildlife.org.