Hunters will have more time to bag a wild turkey in Minnesota this spring.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says that spring turkey hunting time periods will be longer and more time periods will be available.
“A significant change will be that hunters who don’t bag a turkey during their first time period will also be able to hunt the last time period using their original license,” said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife populations program manager.
“This will make the experience more relaxing, as snow or rain storms that could ruin an entire hunt will not be as much of a problem.”
Five one-week time periods, beginning April 13, will be followed by a longer period, with will end May 31. The hunting time periods will include weekends, according to the DNR. In the past, there were eight-time periods for turkey hunting, and weekends weren’t included for all of them.
Hunters who didn’t bag a turkey during the first time period and hunt a second time during the last period will have to hunt in the same zone. The DNR says firearms hunters must enter a lottery if they wish to hunt during either of the first two time periods. The lottery started Dec. 14 and ends Jan. 22, 2016.
Another change the DNR notes is that archery hunters will be able to hunt the entire season in any zone.
Hunters will have to choose either a firearms or archery turkey license, says the DNR.
The bag limit, the DNR says, is still one bearded turkey.