Finally spring turkey hunting is here. The 2017 statewide season is April 1 – May 14. The Young Sportsman Hunt is the previous weekend, March 25-26, for ages 6-16. The season bag limit is four toms, with only one allowed per day. Birds taken on quota hunts and designated wildlife management areas are bonus birds. Legal hunting times are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. All of the turkey hunting regulations are on page 32 in the 2016-2017 Hunting Guide, and online at www.tnwildlife.org.
The wild turkey population in Tennessee has stabilized at a little more than 315,000 birds statewide, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; and the spring harvests have been over 30,000 for the past 14 years. With every county in the state now having a spring turkey season, the restoration of this species has been an amazing success, thanks to the TWRA and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Last year the spring harvest was 32,263. Hottest places to hunt? For the past three years Maury County has had the biggest harvest and Greene County has been second.