What are everyone else's thoughts on how late they keep pushing the Turkey seasons? This year 1st Season starts April 21st and 6th season ends in June. I don't know about you but I'd rather sit in the cold in early April than sweat my butt off and pick woodticks in late May and June. Plus some of the best hunting is early. Your thoughts.....
2021 Turkey Hunt/Seasons
fetch-um-up that makes complete sense to me. It was pretty intense to see being so close too. Thank you.
Later seasons the hens tend not to get in the way so much. Right now they have been a thorn in my side,
I agree. I always request the first or second period and get it but this year my permit is May 12th. Most likely I’ll go out but expect short hunts if it’s hot. On the other side of the coin, I use to hunt with an old timer who preferred the time slot that covered Mothers Day. Not sure why but he usually filled his tag.
Turkeys have a strict pecking order and will not hesitate to take advantage of a dominate bird if they sense a moment of weakness.
I agree that the early season hunts are more productive and enjoyable.
May 1, 2021- I enjoyed a fantastic hunt with my 6 year old who has never hunted before. Had 3 Toms gobble and cluck their way to within 20 yards. By her reaction, there will definitely be more hunts in our future. =)
After I plugged the Alpha of the three, the other two reacted in a way that I've never seen before. Can anyone provide clarity as to why the living turkeys decided to pluck my bird for me?
The turkey season still not finish?
The Learn to Hunt program is often confused with the youth hunt because the term mentored is associated with each. They are separate programs with different regulations. In the ten or so years I have been involved in the Learn to Hunt program, as a mentor, it has always been the weekend before the statewide youth hunt. The Learn to Hunt is done on a county by county basis and not every county has one.
I would say most of the time the mentored hunt is the weekend before the youth hunt but know sometimes it is the same weekend of youth hunt. These are individual groups permitted to run the mentored hunts. It's not an across the board statewide thing like the youth hunt.
The Learn to Hunt program is a DNR sponsored event held the weekend before the state wide youth hunt. It is done on a county by county basis. Not every county has one. I have mentored for the program several years. To get a spot in the program the hunter needs to sign up beforehand as there is limited space depending on how many mentors are available as well as hunting spots to use. The county I mentored in usually had 6-10 spaces available. The program is open to adults who have never hunted for turkey before. A week prior to the event the potential first time hunters attends a class where they meet their mentor, learn about turkey hunting, DNR turkey management, regulations , gun safety and then target shoot. The hunter is then given a harvest tag good for the weekend of the scheduled hunt and valid for a bearded bird. The Learn to Hunt program is open to adults, not youths. The county I live in and mentored in is fortunate to have a conservation club the provides a meeting place, several mentors with access to some good hunting opportunities. When I mentioned I had use of my own property (marginal hunting) and a couple spots a friend allowed me to use that has exceptional hunting. Of the five I have mentored two harvested birds, two had a great chance to harvest but inexperience resulted in a non harvest. One showed up not dressed for the weather and lasted less than 2 hours in the blind, he also forgot his gun so I borrowed him mine. The way he handled the gun he had no business hunting. The DNR has the Learn to Hunt for a variety is species. I know of turkey, deer, bear, pheasant and waterfowl. There are probably more. This years Learn to Hunt Turkey has been canceled because of the Covid. The goals of the Learn to Hunt program are to introduce interested non hunters to the sport who do not have family or friends to help get them started. It helps them have a safe and meaningful introduction into the sport.
Sounds like BS to me. No reason to have another learn to hunt season when there already is a youth season.