Youth hunters get first shot at spring turkey season

The 2013 youth spring turkey season will begin on private lands and authorized state and federal lands on Friday, March 8.

This special season coincides with spring break for many of Mississippi’s school systems, and provides an excellent opportunity to introduce young hunters to the thrill of pursuing springtime gobblers.

Youth hunters ages 15 and under are not required to possess a hunting license.  However, youth between the ages of 12 and 15 must have a certificate documenting satisfactory completion of a hunter education course approved by the MDWFP before hunting alone.  Youths 15 years of age and under may hunt without having a certificate of hunter education if they are in the presence and under the direct supervision of a Mississippi licensed or exempt hunter that is at least 21 years of age.

Bag limits for spring turkey season are 1 gobbler per day, 3 per spring season.  The regulation limiting turkey harvest to adult gobblers or gobblers with at least a 6-inch beard does not apply to hunters 15 years of age and under; they may harvest 1 gobbler of choice per day, 3 per spring season.