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Youth, mobility-impaired turkey hunt March 26-27

Youth, mobility-impaired turkey hunt March 26-27

By Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The statewide turkey hunting season opens April 2, however, youth and mobility-impaired hunters utilizing private land have an early chance to harvest a gobbler. The special opportunity turkey season runs March 26-27.

The weekend hunt opportunity is available only for youth 16 years of age and younger, or hunters who are mobility impaired, i.e., confined to a wheelchair, hemiplegia, monoplegia, paraplegia or single-leg amputation above the knee. Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older who may call for turkey but may not take or attempt to take a turkey.

Hunters need to note that the season bag limit has changed for turkeys for the 2022 season. Only one gobbler may be taken per hunter per day, and a season total of two gobblers.

All turkey hunters, including those under 16 years of age, landowners, honorary, lifetime and sportsman license holders, must obtain a free harvest record each season. Before moving a harvested turkey, hunters are required to immediately enter the date and county on the harvest record, and within 24 hours, must complete the reporting process through Georgia Game Check.

Resident youth hunters under age 16 will not need a license. Hunters age 16 years or older, including those accompanying youth or others, will need a hunting license and a big game license unless hunting on their own private land.

Licenses can be obtained at a retail license vendor or by calling (800) 366-2661, or online.

The 2022 Georgia statewide turkey season opens April 2.

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