Posted Friday, 06 June 2014 08:41
Salt Lake City — Turkey hunters, don't pack your shotguns away just yet. Yes, the spring hunt is over. But another chance to hunt turkeys is coming up.
Utah will hold a general season turkey hunt this fall. It will be the first fall hunt held in the state since 1984.
Photo by Scott Root
On June 5, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved a fall general season turkey hunt. It will be the first fall hunt held in Utah since 1984. Here are some details:
Permits go on sale at 8 a.m.
Why hold a fall hunt?
Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the DWR, says there's plenty of room in Utah for more turkeys. "But," he says, "in a few areas, the number of turkeys has grown to the point that the birds are coming into conflict with people. Holding a fall hunt will help control the number of birds in these areas."
Unlike the spring hunt, in the fall, you can take either a male or a female turkey. Robinson says a fall hunt is a great way to control turkey numbers.
"In the fall," he says, "males aren't as brightly colored as they are in the spring. It's tough to tell a female from a male in the fall, so hunters end up taking a decent number of females. Taking females will help reduce the number of birds that lay eggs next spring."
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