With squirrel season now open, we are heading toward some more exciting events. Please don’t miss any of them.
September 1 it is opening of archery season. Fair game includes the taking of our most beloved prey, the wild turkey. The season will run through January 2. Crossbow hunting is allowed during this period with a permit. If you don’t have a permit, crossbow season opens on October 1 and runs through October 21.
Shotgun season for wild turkey will begin on October 27 and end November 2; then again on December 1 through the 7th. You are allowed four birds, and no more than two birds may be taken during archery or crossbow season.
For shotgun season, no more than two wild turkeys can be taken. No more than one bird may be taken, no matter which weapon is used, with a beard length of more than three inches. You can only harvest one per day. This is a holdover from the days when we never had a healthy turkey population. In my opinion it needs to be changed.
Look for some changes to the turkey hunting laws next year unless you contact your Commissioner and tell him to hold the line on what we have. We will see our hunts cut to half days, as it was in the beginning, and we will see our number of turkeys that we can take in a year cut to two, and only one can be a long beard.
Trust me, if we don’t stand up now, they will change our laws on turkey hunting, and not for the best. Until then take a child squirrel hunting this week and make memories that will last a lifetime.