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Spring turkey season begins with youth hunt

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By The Staff

 

Spring turkey hunting season began this past weekend with a two day youth hunt for those 15 years of age or younger. The general season begins April 12, and will continue until May 4.
A hunting license and spring turkey permit is required unless the hunter is license exempt. All persons (residents and nonresidents) must fill out and carry the proper license and permit to fish any Kentucky waters or to hunt in Kentucky. A trapping license is required of all resident and nonresident trappers ages 12 and older, including landowners/tenants unless otherwise provided by law. Landowner/tenant trapping licenses are only valid for landowners, tenants or their dependents trapping on their own property. A youth trapping license is available for resident trappers ages 12-15. Trappers under the age of 12 are not required to purchase a trapping license.
A resident is anyone who has established permanent and legal residence in Kentucky and resided here at least 30 days immediately prior to applying for a license. Full-time students enrolled in an educational institution for at least a six-month term and service personnel on permanent assignment in Kentucky are also classified as residents. All others are considered non-residents for licensing purposes.
Those who do not meet the definition of a Kentucky resident are required to purchase nonresident licenses and permits. Nonresident youth hunters are subject to the same license and permit requirements as resident youth hunters.
The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources gave the following safety tips for turkey hunting.
• Don’t stalk a turkey. The chances of getting close enough for a shot are slim, and odds of becoming involved in an accident increase.
• Eliminate the colors red, white and blue from your turkey hunting outfit. Red or white are the colors hunters are looking for when differentiating a gobbler’s head from the hen’s grayish-blue head. These colors not only put you in danger, but they can be seen by turkeys as well.
• Don’t move, wave or make turkey sounds to alert another hunter to your presence. A quick movement may draw fire. Yell in a loud voice “Hey, I’m here,” and remain hidden.
•Be particularly careful when using a gobbler call. The sound and motion may attract other hunters, and could draw fire.
•When selecting your calling position, sit at the base of a large tree, if one is available, to protect your torso and head. Position yourself so you can see 180 degrees in front of you.
• Never shoot at a sound or movement. Be 100 percent sure of your target. Assume that every sound you hear is made by another hunter.
• When hunting with a turkey decoy, place the decoy about 20 yards from your calling position. To be safe you need a clear line of sight beyond the decoy of at least 80 yards. This will enable you to see any approaching hunter and keep you at a safe distance if another hunter were to shoot at your decoy.
• Keep your shotgun unloaded when not in the field, and open the action or unload your shotgun when climbing a steep hill, stepping over low fence wire, or fording a creek.
• After bagging a turkey, put on an article of hunter orange while carrying the bird out of the field.