Spring turkey hunting season ends May 25

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding hunters that the 2013 Connecticut spring wild turkey hunting season ends this Saturday, May 25.

This year marks the 33rd consecutive year that sportsmen have hunted turkeys in Connecticut.

The statewide turkey population is estimated between 35,000 and 38,000 birds.

During the 2013 spring season, two bearded turkeys may be taken on state land and three on private land. Hunting is permitted from one-half hour before sunrise until noon each day.

Tagging and reporting

All harvested turkeys must be tagged immediately and reported to the DEEP online at ct.gov/deep/hunting or by calling 877-337-4868 within 24 hours. Hunters must use 2013 harvest tags to record information about turkeys they harvest.

Copies of the 2013 harvest tags and instructions are on page 25 of the 2013 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide and at ct.gov/deep/hunting.

Hunters are no longer required to mail in a harvest report card. After reporting their harvest online or by telephone, hunters will be given a confirmation number to write on their harvest tag. This confirmation number serves as proof that the harvest was legally reported.

Safety recommendations

The DEEP offers the following safety recommendations:

  • Become familiar with two or more areas to hunt, so if someone is already hunting in one of those areas, you can move to another site.
  • If another hunter is encountered in the woods, remain still and speak in a loud clear voice to announce your presence.
  • Eliminate the colors red, white, and blue from your hunting outfit. These colors are associated with a gobbler’s head and could be mistaken as a turkey.
  • Hunters must be sure of their target and what is beyond it, prior to taking a shot.
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