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Spring turkey hunting season ends

The 2024 spring turkey hunting season has concluded in Tennessee, with hunters throughout the region experiencing modest success.

In Scott County, the turkey harvest was up 23% over last year. Hunters there harvested 189 birds this year, after harvesting only 154 last year, which was a 30-year low.

Elsewhere, the harvest looked like this:

• Pickett County: 113 (-7%)
• Morgan County: 177 (-3)
• Fentress County: 181 (+6%)
• Scott County: 189 (+23%)
• Campbell County: 296 (-4%)
• Cumberland County: 331 (-8%)

Declining turkey numbers have been a concern across Tennessee in recent years. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has reduced the spring bag limit from four bearded birds to just two, and has limited the jake (juvenile) harvest to just one. A recent proposal to increase the bag limit to three in much of the state for the 2025 season failed in a vote by the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission.

GC Staff
GC Staff
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