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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Monday, February 27, 2012

Anticipation Builds for the Opening of Spring Turkey Season

JACKSON - Excitement among turkey hunters in many parts of the state is building as the 2012 spring turkey season gets closer. The 2012 spring turkey season will open on March 15th and will run through May 1st. Two years ago, MDWFP biologists reported that the 2010 hatch was well above average, which should translate into an abundance of 2-year-old gobblers to greet hunters this year.  "Two-year-olds are the age group that generally account for the highest percentage of the harvest, so when that age group is up, so too are harvest rates," stated Dave Godwin, the MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Coordinator. Adam Butler, MDWFP Turkey Program biologist, indicated that this increase in reproduction yielded a spike in jake observations last season, and these birds have been carried over for the 2012 season. "This should be one of the better seasons we've had in awhile," said Butler.  

Bag limits for the 2012 spring turkey season are 1 adult gobbler or gobbler with at least a 6" beard per day, 3 per spring season. Youth hunters age 15 and under may harvest 1 gobbler of choice per day, 3 per spring season. To participate in spring turkey season, Mississippi residents, ages sixteen through sixty-four, must possess a valid hunting license, except while hunting on lands titled in his/her name. 

Hunters that wish to hunt on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are urged to check the area-specific regulations before going afield as season dates and bag limits on some WMAs may differ from the statewide framework.  Hunters must also purchase a WMA User Permit prior to hunting on any WMA.

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