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Spring wild turkey hunting season under way in Tennessee

March 30th, 2014 1:00 am by Staff Report

Spring wild turkey hunting season under way in Tennessee

NASHVILLE — Tennessee's spring hunting season for wild turkeys began Saturday, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials expect the 2014 harvest to be in line of those in recent years.

Statewide, turkey hunters have surpassed the 30,000 harvest mark for 11 consecutive years. In 2013, despite inclement weather on many of the weekends during the season, the harvest was 32,925. The 2012 total was 34,017 and the 34,026 total in 2011 was the third highest on record. The state record of more than 37,000 came in 2010.

The Young Sportsman Hunt, held March 22-23, gave youngsters the first opportunity of the year. The youth hunters harvested 1,061 turkeys. Dickson County was the top county for the youth hunt with 52 birds taken. Hardin County was second with 36 followed by Maury (35), Sumner (31) and Greene (29).

During the statewide season, one bearded turkey may be taken per day not to exceed four per season. Turkeys taken on all quota hunts and specially designated wildlife management areas are bonus turkeys. Most WMAs are open with statewide seasons and bag limits. However, some have restricted dates or quota hunts.

Hunting hours are 30 minutes prior to legal sunrise to legal sunset daily. Legal hunting equipment includes shotguns loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller, longbows, recurve bows, compound bows, crossbows and other bows drawn or held by a mechanical device.

Firearms and archery equipment may be equipped with sighting devices except those devices using an artificial light capable of locating wildlife. Night vision scopes are illegal.

The Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide is available at all license agents, TWRA regional offices in Jackson, Nashville, Crossville and Morristown or on the TWRA website.

The 2014 Tennessee spring turkey hunting season runs through May 11.

(Information from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.)

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