Friday, March 04, 2016
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Youth Turkey Season Offers Excitement for Young Hunters
JACKSON - The 2016 youth turkey season will begin on private
lands and authorized state and federal lands on Tuesday, March 8,
2016. This special season, which is available to hunters ages
15 and under, coincides with spring break for many of Mississippi's
schools. This opportunity is an excellent chance to introduce young
hunters to the thrill of pursuing springtime gobblers.
Youth hunters, ages 15 and under are not required to possess a
hunting license. However, before hunting alone, youth between
the ages of 12 and 15 must have a certificate documenting
satisfactory completion of a hunter education course approved by
the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
Youth 15 years of age and under may hunt without having a
certificate of hunter education if they are in the presence and
under the direct supervision of a Mississippi licensed or exempt
hunter that is at least 21 years of age.
Bag limits for youth during the spring turkey season are one
gobbler per day, three per spring season. The regulation that
limits turkey harvest to adult gobblers or gobblers with at least a
6 inch beard does not apply to hunters 15 years of age and under,
and youth hunters may harvest three gobblers of choice.
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.