On Thursday the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks announced the opening of spring turkey season.
By the time March rolls around, turkey hunters all over the state are dusting off their shotguns and practicing their yelping.
The spring turkey season opens March 15 and ends May 1. Opportunities to pursue spring gobblers are plentiful across the state, and the MDWFP tell us that they anticipate that hunting success will be good in 2014.
"Jake sightings were up across most areas of the state last spring as a result of a very good hatch during the summer of 2012," says Dave Godwin, MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Coordinator. "This should mean good numbers of two-year-old gobblers, good gobbling activity, and solid success rates," says Godwin. "We do seem to be off to another relatively late spring, so peak gobbling activity might occur later in the season once the weather warms up."
According to the MDWFP, bag limits for the spring season are one adult gobbler or one gobbler with at least a 6 inch beard per day. Hunters may not exceed three gobblers per spring season.
Youth hunters, 15 years of age and younger, may harvest one gobbler of choice per day, not to exceed three per spring season. The spring turkey season is closed in Coahoma, Quitman, and Sunflower counties.
Hunters that wish to hunt on Wildlife Management Areas are urged to check area-specific regulations, as season dates and bag limits on some WMAs differ from the statewide framework. Hunters must purchase a WMA User Permit in addition to the required hunting license prior to hunting on any WMA.
For more information regarding wild turkeys in Mississippi and turkey hunting opportunities, visit the MDWFP's website www.mdwfp.com/turkey or call (601) 432-2199.