SOCIAL CIRCLE — Turkey season begins Saturday, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division expects the 2014 season to be a good one.
“One of the best areas of the state will be the coastal plain, thanks to reproduction numbers that were stable in 2012, and then saw an increase this past year,” said Kevin Lowrey, Wildlife Resources Division wild-turkey project coordinator. “However, due to both low reproduction numbers and a good harvest of gobblers for the past two years, 2014 might be a challenging year for hunters, especially in the piedmont and ridge and valley.”
Georgia’s current turkey population is estimated at 335,000 birds.
With a bag limit of three gobblers per season, hunters have through May 15 to harvest their birds. With many pursuing wild turkeys on private land, hunters are reminded to obtain landowner permission before hunting.
A new video provides forecast information about the 2014 Georgia turkey hunting season. The video is available at www.youtube.com/GeorgiaWildlife.