2010 should be great for turkey hunting

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By The Staff

Dogwoods and redbuds are in bloom, crappie are biting and turkeys are gobbling.  April 17 was opening day of spring turkey season and this year promises to be a great one.  During the youth season young hunters bagged more than 1,800 turkeys. 

But, before you put on that camouflage and head for the woods, be sure to pick up and read a free copy of the spring turkey guide at your local license vendor. Familiarizing yourself beforehand may save you from the headache and cost of receiving a citation from your local conservation officer. Here are a few important rules to keep in mind.  Always have permission to hunt the land you’re on. Have your valid 2010-2011 hunting license, turkey permit, and hunter education card on your person while hunting, unless you are exempt.  During the spring season hunters may only take turkeys with visible beards. Each hunter is allowed two bearded turkeys for the spring season, but may take only one bird per day. 

Hunters may not hunt an area that is baited, or has been baited within the past 30 days. Hunters may not use or possess an electronic or digital calling device.  Anyone that hunts and kills a turkey must fill out a harvest log before the turkey is moved and keep that harvest log on them while in the field.  A harvest log must contain the following information:  species and gender, date, and county.

That same turkey must be Telechecked (1-800-245-4263) before midnight on the same day it was killed and the confirmation number written on the harvest log. 

Remember, it’s the sportsman’s and sportswoman’s responsibility to know the rules before they go hunting.  There are many more rules and regulations than what I’ve covered here, so get that spring turkey guide and read through it.  It can answer 95 percent of the questions you may have.  Take a kid hunting and fishing because they are the future of the sport.  Good luck to everyone, but most importantly be safe and have fun.  If you have any questions call the KDFWR information center at 1-800-858-1549.

Information submitted by Brandon Boone - Conservation Officer

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources