“Reproduction in 2016 was the best we have seen since 2011, so that should mean a good supply of vocal 2-year old gobblers across much of the state in 2018,” says Kevin Lowrey, Wildlife Resources Division wild turkey project coordinator.
With a bag limit of three gobblers per season, hunters have from Mar. 24 through May 15—one of the longest seasons in the nation—to harvest their bird(s). With many pursuing wild turkeys on private land, hunters are reminded to obtain landowner permission before hunting.
What should hunters expect this spring? The Blue Ridge, Piedmont and Upper Coastal Plain should have the best success based on 2016 reproduction information. The Lower Coastal Plain had two good years of reproduction in 2015 and 2016, and despite declines in reproduction in 2017, they should have a great 2018 season. The Ridge and Valley is very stable and hunters will not seem much change in this area compared to recent years.
Georgia Game Check: All turkey hunters must report their harvest using Georgia Game Check. Turkeys can be reported on the Outdoors GA app (www.georgiawildlife.com/outdoors-ga-app) which now works whether you have cell service or not, at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or by calling 1-800-366-2661. More information at www.georgiawildlife.com/HarvestRecordGeorgiaGameCheck.
Hunters age 16 years or older (including those accompanying youth or others) will need a hunting license and a big game license unless hunting on their own private land. Get your license at www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, at a retail license vendor or by phone at 1-800-366-2661.