RALEIGH, N.C. (April 11, 2013) — The statewide spring season for male or bearded wild turkey begins Saturday, April 13, and the Home From The Hunt™ campaign of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding everyone of some basic safety considerations.
“The main consideration for turkey season — or any hunting season — is to think twice, identify your target and what is beyond it before pulling the trigger,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator. “Assume that every noise, movement or call is another hunter. If there is any doubt, don’t shoot.”
The daily limit is one male or bearded turkey; possession limit is two. A Big Game Harvest Report Card is required for turkey season. More information on regulations, free hunter education courses and where to hunt is available online at www.ncwildlife.org or call 919-707-0031.
The Top 5 Safety Considerations for Turkey Hunting
· Leave the area if you think another hunter is already there.
· Alert another hunter to your presence by saying “Stop” in a loud voice.
· Never stalk a gobbler, which only increases your chances of being mistaken for game.
· Never wear red, white, blue or black — those are colors of a tom’s head and body.
· Make sure your decoy or harvested turkey isn’t visible when you transport it.
The Top 5 Legal Considerations for Turkey Hunting
· Promptly and properly validate and register a kill.
· Use of pistols, rifles or muzzleloading rifles is prohibited.
· Dogs are not allowed for hunting wild turkey.
· No hunting a baited area until 10 days after all bait has been consumed or removed.
· Electronic or recorded calls are not allowed for hunting wild turkey.