April 3, 2014

Firearm hunters can hit the field April 9

PRATT –  A lot of work goes into prepping for a spring turkey hunt, from scouting roosting sights and sighting in shotguns, to mastering the perfect “cluck” and “purr” call. And all that hard work will pay off on April 9 when the regular spring turkey season opens. Following the archery-only/ youth/disabled season, April 1-8, turkey hunters can hit the field with shotgun or archery equipment to take their shot at a spring turkey, or two. And thanks to equipment changes established last year, hunters may now use any gauge shotgun or muzzleloading shotgun with shot sizes No. 2 through No. 9 and crossbows to fill their spring turkey tags.

For hunters age 15 and younger, filling a tag has never been more affordable. Thanks to reduced youth permit pricing, resident youth hunters can now enjoy taking their shot at a spring turkey for just 7.50, and nonresident youth for 12.50.

Other 2014 Spring turkey permits can be purchased at the following prices:

  • Resident Permit: $22.50
  • Landowner/Tenant Permit: $12.50
  • Resident Turkey Game Tag: $12.50
  • Nonresident Permit: $32.50
  • Nonresident Turkey Game Tag: $22.50

A turkey permit or game tag is valid for one bearded turkey. Any individual who has purchased a spring turkey permit is also eligible for one spring turkey game tag. Spring game tags are valid for Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.

Hunters who drew a Unit 4 (southwest Kansas) spring turkey permit earlier this year may also use their Unit 4 permit in adjacent Units 1, 2 and 5.

As a reminder, a hunting license is necessary, in addition to the turkey permits, unless exempt by law.

Regardless of where you choose to hunt this spring, it’s not guaranteed you’ll fill a tag, but rest assured the opportunity is out there. For information on where you opportunity may await, consult the 2014 Spring Turkey Hunting Atlas, or visit www.ksoutdoors.com and click “Hunting / Turkey Information.”