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August 23, 2011

Prepare Now for Vermont’s Fall Turkey Hunting

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department urges hunters to prepare now for Vermont fall turkey hunting.

“A schedule of hunter safety courses is listed on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website (vtfishandwildlife.com),” says Director of Wildlife Mark Scott. “You may need camo clothing or other equipment. You probably should practice your turkey calling. Don’t forget to scout the areas you may want to hunt, and, as a courtesy, check with landowners for permission to hunt.”

Only Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) A, C and E remain closed to the hunting of turkeys with shotguns in the fall.

Vermont’s 2011 Turkey Fall Seasons:

Bow & arrow only: October 1-21 in all WMUs statewide

Shotgun or bow & arrow: October 22-30 in WMUs B, D1, D2, G, H1, H2, I, J1, J2, L, M1, M2, O1, O2, P, and Q

Shotgun or bow & arrow: October 22-November 6 in WMUs F1, F2, K1, K2, and N

Last year, hunters took 1,391 turkeys in Vermont’s fall hunting seasons, up 71 percent from the year before, due partly to opening four new WMUs to fall hunting.

This year, hunters took 4,640 turkeys on youth weekend and during the May 1-31 season for bearded turkeys, which are almost always males.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department tracks the abundance of turkeys using harvest data, nesting success provided by turkey brood surveys, winter severity, and hunter pressure based on license sales. Vermont’s wild turkey population is estimated to be slightly less than 50,000 birds.

A detailed report on 2010 turkey hunting results listing the number of birds taken in each town is available on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website (vtfishandwildlife.com). Under Hunting and Trapping, click on Big Game, and look under Big Game Harvest Reports.

“If you see wild turkeys in August, please help us by reporting your sightings in the online turkey brood survey,” said Scott. “The data you provide will help answer questions concerning the impacts of winter and spring weather on the survival of poults and adult turkeys and help us learn about survival of young.”

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: August 23, 2011 09:29:42