Get ready to bag some birds. Turkey season is right around the corner in Georgia.
The hunting season begins on April 1 for private land and April 8 for all public land in the Peach State.
But, for a small group of Georgians, the hunt begins early.
According to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, minors 16 and under or those that are mobility impaired (i.e.,confined to a wheelchair, hemiplegia, monoplegia, paraplegia, or single-leg amputation above the knee) may participate in an early hunt March 25 and 26.
Hunters 16 and under have to be with an adult who is at least 18 years old. The adult may help call for the turkey, but cannot take or attempt to take a turkey.
Before embarking on your own hunt, there are several things to remember and some tips that may help.
Things to remember before you go turkey hunting in Georgia:
The season bag limit for turkeys is one gobbler per hunter per day, and a season total of two gobblers.
All turkey hunters must obtain a free harvest record each season in which hunters are required to enter the date and county on the harvest record. The reporting must be completed through Georgia Game Check.
Resident hunters under age 16 will not need a license.
Hunters 16 years or older will need a license and a big game license unless hunting on private land.
Hunting licenses can be obtained by going online or calling 1-800-366-2661.
Turkey hunting tips from Georgia Wildlife Resources Division:
Never wear red, white, blue or black clothing while turkey hunting. Red is the color most hunters look for when distinguishing a gobbler’s head from a hen’s blue-colored head, but at times it may appear white or blue.
Camouflage should be used to cover everything, including the hunter’s face, hands and firearm.
Select a calling position that provides at least a shoulder-width background, such as the base of a tree.
Do not stalk a gobbling turkey. Due to their keen eyesight and hearing, the chances of getting close are slim to none.
When using a turkey call, the sound and motion may attract the interest of other hunters. Do not move, wave or make turkey-like sounds to alert another hunter to your presence. Instead, identify yourself in a loud voice.
Are you excited for this year’s turkey hunting season? Comment below and let me know your favorite turkey hunt memory!