Springtime hunters are eagerly preparing for the opening of turkey hunting season in Georgia. The highly-anticipated day is Saturday, March 22, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division expects that the 2014 season should be a good one.
“One of the best areas of the state will be the coastal plain, thanks to reproduction numbers that were stable in 2012, and then saw an increase this past year,” said Kevin Lowrey, Wildlife Resources Division wild turkey project coordinator. “However, due to both low reproduction numbers and a good harvest of gobblers for the past two years, 2014 might be a challenging year for hunters, especially in the piedmont and ridge and valley.”
Georgia’s current turkey population is estimated at 335,000 birds and turkey hunters in this state are privileged with one of the longest turkey seasons nationwide. With a bag limit of three gobblers per season, hunters have from March 22 through May 15, to harvest their bird(s). With many pursuing wild turkeys on private land, hunters are reminded to always obtain landowner permission before hunting.
A new video, featuring Mr. Lowrey, provides forecast information about the 2014 Georgia turkey hunting season. The video is available at www.youtube.com/GeorgiaWildlife.