Turkey season kicks off on April 4

STATE NEWS — You see them in empty corn fields off Highway 50 or along the Mulberry Creek. Lynchburg may be Jack Daniel territory but wild turkey season will soon be upon us.

They’re the largest native nesting bird in Tennessee and were once a vital source of food for the Native Americans that originally roamed southern, middle Tennessee. By the early 1900s, over-hunting nearly eliminated them, Today, and thanks in part to Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) reintroduction efforts, they are once again native in all 95 Tennessee counties.

The TWRA reminds hunters that spring turkey hunting season is just a couple weeks away. The 2020 season opens for hunters in all 95 counties, including Moore County, on Saturday, April 4. The season will open to young hunters 6-16 years of age on March 28-29. All young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult over the age of 21. For complete guidelines, click here.

Hunters may hunt 30 minutes prior to sunrise until sunset, according to TWRA officials. State hunting laws limit hunters to one bearded turkey per day, and up to four total per season. To turkey hunt in Tennessee, hunters must possess a state hunting and fishing license (Type 001) plus a supplemental big game license. Hunters must check in all harvested gobblers and they can do so online at the Go Outdoors Tennessee website. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Moore County … covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, the Lynchburg Music Fest, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

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