By Lars Dalseide | March 13 2014 12:13

From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks - Spring Turkey Season Opens March 15

Mississippi gobbler courtesy of Mississippi's Wild Turkey Program Jackson, Mississippi - It is time for Mississippi's turkey hunters to practice their yelping and dust off their shotgun.  The spring turkey season opens March 15 and ends May 1.  Opportunities to pursue spring gobblers are plentiful across the Magnolia State, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) anticipates that hunting success will be good in 2014.  "Jake sightings were up across most areas of the state last spring as a result of a very good hatch during the summer of 2012," says Dave Godwin, MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Coordinator. "This should mean good numbers of two-year-old gobblers, good gobbling activity, and solid success rates," says Godwin. "We do seem to be off to another relatively late spring, so peak gobbling activity might occur later in the season once the weather warms up." 

Bag limits for the spring season are one adult gobbler or one gobbler with at least a 6 inch beard per day, not to exceed three per spring season.  Youth hunters 15 years of age and younger may harvest one gobbler of choice per day, not to exceed three per spring season.  The spring turkey season is closed in the following counties or parts thereof: Coahoma, Quitman, and Sunflower.  

Hunters that wish to hunt on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are urged to check area-specific regulations before going afield, as season dates and bag limits on some WMAs differ from the statewide framework.  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 call us at (601) 432-2199. 

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