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Texas Wildlife Officials Propose Turkey Season Closure In 15 Counties
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is considering closing spring turkey hunting in 15 East Texas counties where turkey populations are believed to have dipped below what biologists believe are sustainable numbers. The recommendation tops a brief slate of proposed hunting regulation changes for 2011 presented to the TPW Commission’s Regulations Committee.

Michigan Biologist Completes His Turkey Grand Slam
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment wildlife biologist Al Stewart recently became the first person on record to complete a World Slam for trapping wild turkeys.


Leftover Turkey Permits Available In Wisconsin
Remaining permits for the 2011 spring turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting March 21. Leftover permits will be first issued for sale by zone, one zone per day, with each zone having a designated sales date.

In total, 225,729 permits were available for the spring 2011 turkey season. More than 145,500 permits were issued to hunters who applied for permits by the Dec. 10, 2010 application deadline, leaving just more than 80,000 permits available after the drawing.


Minnesota Spring Turkey Application Deadline Approaching
Turkey hunters have more time this year than they have traditionally had in the past to apply for this spring’s hunt, either electronically or by telephone. The deadline to apply for the 2011 spring season has been extended by about two weeks. Applications are now being accepted through Friday, Jan. 14, wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, and online.
Also new this year: the youth application process is eliminated, and over-the-counter only permits will be available for the hunt’s last two time periods.


Colorado Turkeys Flourishing
There are more wild turkeys living in Colorado than at any time before. The Division of Wildlife began working on strategies to increase the turkey population in the early 1980s. Since then, turkeys have been released, or colonized on their own, into most of the available habitat in the state. Wild turkeys now live in 53 of the state's 64 counties.

Application Deadline for WI Turkey & Bear Permits Is Approaching
Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until close of business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for the 2011 Wisconsin spring turkey hunting season and the 2011 black bear hunting season. Preliminary permit levels for the spring turkey season are set at 225,420 total permits. This is the same number of permits that were available for the 2010 spring season. Total permits available for the 2011 Black Bear Hunt has not yet been determined.

Nebraska Removes Restrictions On Crossbow Hunting
The Nebraska Game and Parks Board of Commissioners approved the wider use of crossbows as big game hunting equipment at its Oct. 28 in Norfolk.
All restrictions on crossbows have been removed, including the disability provision and draw weight. The new regulations allow, starting in 2011, crossbows as legal archery equipment for big game (deer, antelope, elk, turkey, and bighorn sheep).


Vermont’s Fall Turkey Hunting is Expanded
Following strategies outlined in Vermont’s Big Game Management Plan, the Fish and Wildlife Department recommended expanding fall turkey hunting based on scientific data and public input.
As a result, the Fish and Wildlife Board passed a regulation that allows turkey bow hunting statewide, a seven-day shotgun season is expanded to nine days, and Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) B, D1, D2, and H1 are opened for the fall shotgun season for the first time.

Pennsylvania Toughens Penalties Against Poachers
Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said, starting today, the Commonwealth has begun to reverse its reputation of being a state with minimal risks for chronic poachers as new penalties – including higher fines and possible jail time – go into effect.

New Wisconsin Hunting and Trapping Rules In Effect For 2010 Seasons
Wisconsin hunters and trappers looking forward to the 2010-2011 seasons will have some new rules to follow as they pursue their fall pastimes. Several of the new rules were requested and supported by hunters and trappers at the annual Spring Rule Hearings. Others have come to life in response to changing wildlife management needs and new technologies.

NWTF Announces Inaugural Upland Gamebird Chapter
The National Wild Turkey Federation is proud to announce the formation of its first ever upland gamebird chapter.

The Kansas First Upland Pioneers Chapter was created in Iola, Kan., on Aug. 18 by more than two dozen conservation-minded individuals who decided the best way to improve quail populations and upland habitat was to form the first NWTF chapter focused on upland gamebirds.


KDWP TO AUCTION POACHERS' EQUIPMENT
On June 19, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will enter the first of two summer auctions of items forfeited by those convicted of wildlife crime. The June 19 auction will be held at the Blomquist Auction Gallery, 684 E. Kansas Highway 4 in Assaria. KDWP items in this auction will include general items such as antlers, fishing rods, radios, and cameras. This auction will be combined with Kansas Department of Revenue tax forfeiture assets.

Of Turkey Hunts Loved And Lost
Of Turkey Hunts Loved And Lost
Buying a turkey tag is sort of like getting married. We don’t buy them with the expectation of it ending badly. Still, the statistics show that is what is most likely to happen. In fact, turkey hunting is so tough you have a better chance of having a successful marriage than a successful turkey hunt. Of course, unsuccessful turkey hunts are pretty cheap in comparison.

Filming Your Turkey Hunts Like A Pro
Filming Your Turkey Hunts Like A Pro
As the price of quality cameras continue to drop, more hunters are opting to film their hunts.

Leasing Hunting Land: The Inexpensive Way To Experience World Class Hunting
Leasing Hunting Land:  The Inexpensive Way To Experience World Class Hunting
If you own great property or know someone who has superb hunting property and is willing to allow you access for free, congratulations. You, my friend, have got it made. But for most of us, hunting is done on public land. Hunting public land can be quite good in some areas but often times it is frustrating.

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Turkey Hunting Quotes

Dear Lord, I've been asked, nay commanded, to thank Thee for the Christmas turkey before us... a turkey which was no doubt a lively, intelligent bird... a social being... capable of actual affection... nuzzling its young with almost human- like compassion. Anyway, it's dead and we're gonna eat it. Please give our respects to its family...
- Berke Breathed