Friday, March 04, 2016
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Spring Turkey Season Opens March 15
JACKSON - It's time for Mississippi turkey hunters to break out
their calls and dust off their shotguns, because the 2016 spring
gobbler season is just around the corner! Turkey season opens on
Tuesday, March 15 and ends May 1. For hunters age 15 and under, the
youth season begins a week earlier on March 8. Bag limits for the
spring season are one adult gobbler or one gobbler with at least a
six inch beard per day, not to exceed three per spring season.
Youth hunters 15 years of age and under may harvest one gobbler of
choice per day, not to exceed three per spring season. Spring
turkey season is closed in the following counties or parts thereof:
Coahoma, Quitman, and Sunflower.
After a slow 2015 spring, expectations are better for the
upcoming season. Observations of jakes (one-year-old gobblers) were
plentiful throughout the state last year. Those birds will be legal
for harvest this spring, and should provide action-packed mornings
for Mississippi's nearly 50,000 turkey hunters. "Anytime we see
jake observations go up, we usually see an increase in harvest the
following year," said Adam Butler, Wild Turkey Program Coordinator
for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
"On top of the numbers of jakes seen last spring, most of the state
had an average to good hatch last summer, so overall turkey numbers
should be steady or on the uptick," Butler
Hunters that wish to hunt on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)
should check the area-specific regulations before going afield,
because season dates and bag limits on WMAs can differ from the
statewide season structure. 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 us at www.mdwfp.com/turkey or call
us at (601) 432-2199.