Turkey Season Is finally Here In The South
The long awaiting Turkey Season is finally here in the South. All the talk this year has been about CWD - Cronic Waste Disease in Deer coming out of Mississippi and how it could affect deer crossing into adjascent stated like Texas, Alabama and Tennessee. is over for now. Alabama had may have had one / two reported cases this year while Mississippi had several which is the cause for the reported red flags this year but this not unusual as this is normal in other states to have one ever so often and why this year it became the talk of hunting season seems odd but nevertheless it is over and now Turkey Season is just about to begin in all of the Southern states as the Spring Season is finally upon us. Listed below are the States in the South we travel too , so we are going to post their information for your consumption to review to learn more about their states regulations. We will also post links when we can to better help you where available.
Mississippi Mississippi - Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks - March Means Time for Turkey Season! JACKSON – For most, March is a time for beautiful spring weather and flowers in bloom. For Mississippi’s estimated 50,000 wild turkey hunters, it also brings something else. The spring turkey season begins on March 15th and ends May 1st. For hunters age 15 and under, the Youth season begins a week earlier on March 8th. Bag limits for the spring season are one adult gobbler (or 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.
“Turkey hunting is a pretty popular pursuit in Mississippi,” said Adam Butler,
The Wild Turkey Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). “We don’t have as many turkey hunters as we do deer or duck hunters, but generally speaking, turkey hunters tend to be a very intense bunch,” continued Butler.To participate in spring turkey season, Mississippi residents, ages sixteen through sixty-four, must obtain a hunting license unless hunting on lands titled in their own name. All non-resident hunters, except minors under the age of sixteen, are required to obtain a hunting license while hunting in the state of Mississippi. In addition to any statewide license requirements, purchase of a Wildlife Management Area User Permit is required prior to hunting on public Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Hunters planning to hunt WMAs or any other public lands are urged to check the area-specific regulations before going afield. Season dates and bag limits on some Wildlife Management Areas may differ from the statewide framework. Hunting on many Wildlife Management Areas is by drawn permit only during the first two weeks of the season; some areas are permit-only throughout the entire season. Other public lands may also require special permits.
For more information regarding Mississippi’s spring turkey season, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com
Youth(Private and authorized state and federalpublic lands; youth 15 and under.) March 8-14th Adults - March 15 – May 1 - One (1) adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a 6-inch or longer beard per day, 3 per Spring season. Hunters 15 years of age and younger may harvest 1 gobbler of choice (any age) per day, 3 per spring season.
Alabama - Turkey Season Gobblers Only: One a day; five during combined fall and spring. NOTE: Spring turkey season will be delayed for research purposes on the following WMAs. The delayed season will run March 23 to April 30, 2019. Barbour, J.D. Martin-Skyline, Hollins, Oakmulgee, Lowndes, Choccolocco, and Perdido River. SPRING SEASON (DECOYS PERMITTED) Zone 1: March 16 - April 30Counties: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman (except north of Lewis Smith Lake and north of Cullman County Road 437 and west of I-65), Dale, Dallas, Dekalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Geneva (except south of AL Hwy 52, east of AL Hwy 167, west of Houston County line, and north of the Florida line), Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, and Wilcox. Zone 2: March 30 - April 30Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale (west of US Hwy 43), Lawrence (south of AL Hwy 24), Limestone (north of US Hwy 72), Madison, and Winston.
Zone 3: April 20- April 24Cullman (north of Lewis Smith Lake and north of Cullman County Road 437 and west of I-65), Lawrence (north of AL Hwy 24), Lauderdale (east of US Hwy 43), and Morgan
Zone 4: This zone has both a fall and spring season.Counties: Clarke, Clay, Covington, Monroe, Randolph and Talladega.
2019 Turkey Hunting Schedules The 2019 wild turkey season will open April 6 on private lands in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows: Area A, April 6-May 5; Area B,April 6-28; and Area C, April 6-21.
Area A: April 6 – May 5*
Area B: April 6-28*
Area C: April 6-21*
Youth & Physically Challenged Hunt (restricted to youth and wheelchair confined physically challenged hunters – Areas A, B and C on private land only): March 30-31
*Seasons Open in Areas A, B and C, on private lands only. See separate WMA Schedules, National Wildlife Refuge Schedules, and Federal Lands Schedules for season dates on those areas.
Marc 23rd - May 15th (Statewide) - Three Gobblers Per Season
SPRING TURKEY S/A Young Sportsman (ages 6-16): Mar. 23-24, 2019 Daily bag: 1 bearded bird per day. Counts toward spring season bag of four (4). S/A Mar. 30 - May 12, 2019: Bag limit: 4 bearded birds. No more than 1 per day.