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More than 25,000 Tennessee turkey hunters were successful this spring

NASHVILLE  |  More than 25,000 Tennessee turkey hunters were successful during the spring turkey season, which ended last month, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

TWRA said that 25,479 hunters were successful in harvesting a bird during the six-week hunt. Of those, 76% harvested one bird and 24% “tagged out” by harvesting two birds.

There were a total of 31,647 turkeys harvested during the hunt, down 1% from last year and down 5% from the five-year average. 

TWRA blamed the decrease on the two-bird limit, which was recently implemented in response to concerns over the state’s dwindling turkey hunters.

“This year, we started off with a strong harvest but again it dropped sharply as the season progressed,” said Roger Shields, TWRA’s wild turkey program coordinator. “The steep drop-off in harvest that followed exceptional opening weekends was likely due in part to the two-bird bag limit in place again this year where people had filled their bag limit and could not continue hunting.

Of the birds harvested, 28,830 were mature gobblers, 2,534 were jakes, and 161 were bearded hens.

The 2025 spring turkey hunt will be April 12 through May 25, with a youth-only hunt on the weekend of April 5 and 6. Once again, the statewide bag limit will be two birds. 

GC Staff
GC Staff
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