PRATT – The 2019 turkey season is upon us, and for many hunters, this is the best time of the year to be in the woods. To a turkey hunter, there’s nothing quite like the sound of a turkey gobble booming through the timber.

April 1 marked the opening of the season for youth and hunters with disabilities. On April 8, the archery season will open and the regular season opens April 17. During the regular season, which goes through May 31, anyone with a valid turkey permit may hunt with shotgun or archery equipment.

All turkey hunters must have a turkey permit, available for purchase over the counter and online, and a hunting license, unless exempt. Once the spring turkey permit is purchased, a hunter may also purchase one turkey game tag, allowing the hunter to kill two turkeys during the spring season. Only turkeys with visible beards are legal to take in the spring season. Permits are valid in turkey management units 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6. A limited number of Unit 4 (southwest) spring turkey permits were issued through a lottery draw in March.

During the season for youth and hunters with disabilities (April 1-16, 2019) qualified hunters may use any legal equipment. If they don’t fill their tags, they may also hunt during the regular season. During the archery season (April 8-16, 2019), hunters may hunt only with archery equipment, which includes, long, recurve, and compound bows, and crossbows. During the regular season (April 17-May 31, 2019) all unfilled permits are valid and hunters my hunt with shotguns, using shot sizes 2-9, and archery equipment.

More than 300,000 acres are enrolled in the Spring Walk-in Hunting Access (WIHA) program and hunters are reminded that the atlas printed last fall

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