The 2015 spring Texas turkey season is on the horizon, and the outlook holds promise.
Rio Grandes and eastern turkeys had better be on the wary, because in a matter of days, hunters in the Lone Star State will be gunning (and bowhunting) for them as the spring turkey hunting season kicks off.
Luckily, forecasts are looking good, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has reason to be positive.
From the TPWD:
Spring turkey hunting gets under way this weekend, March 14-15, with the special youth-only weekend season for Rio Grandes in the 54-county South Zone. The general season in the South Zone runs March 21-May 3 and culminates with another youth-only weekend May 9-10. In the 101 counties comprising the North Zone, the youth-only weekend seasons are March 28-29 and May 23-24. The North Zone general season opens April 4 and runs through May 17. A special one-gobbler limit season runs April 1-30 in Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee and Milam counties.
Eastern spring turkey hunting is available in 28 counties and the season runs from April 15-May 14. The TPWD asks that hunters report eastern turkey harvests within 24 hours at a check station, online or via the new My Texas Hunt Harvest app. Note that this is the final year that TPWD will utilize physical check stations, as they are going entirely online by Spring 2016.
Hunter observations recorded a high number of two-year-old gobblers throughout most of the state's Rio Grande turkey range last season. With decent carryover, there is a higher chance of seeing a big tom strut through your property this season, according to TPWD's turkey program leader.
Eastern turkeys are also growing in population through the Pineywoods and surrounding areas of Texas.
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