Turkey Time: Georgia Hunters Get Ready for Turkey Hunting Season

March 27, 2024
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Two Black Turkeys
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🦃 The Gist: As Georgia’s turkey hunting season struts into view on March 30, 2024, for private lands (and a tad later for public lands), the birds seem to be playing an elusive game, possibly due to their less-than-stellar dating scene lately.

🕵️ The Details: Hunters across Georgia are polishing their calls and sighting their shotguns for the annual spring turkey hunt, starting on private lands this Saturday and rolling out on public lands, including WMAs and National Forest land, the following week. The season, which ends on May 15, promises the thrill of the chase, albeit with potentially fewer gobblers up for grabs than in previous years.

📊 By The Numbers:

  • Love Life Lows: Statewide turkey romance has seen better days, with an average of 1.5 poults per hen. It’s consistent, sure, but hunters may be disappointed.
  • Regional Lows: Slight decreases in turkey reproduction noted in the Blue Ridge, Ridge & Valley, and Piedmont regions, with the Coastal Plain regions experiencing the most significant drop.

🏞 What You Can Do: Hunters are reminded to obtain a free harvest record and report their catches via Georgia Game Check within 24 hours. Youth under 16 and those hunting on private land may have different license requirements, so check GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com for the latest.

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