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Turkey season begins with weeklong, youth-only hunt

This tom struts and fans his tail-feathers in a field full of hens on the North Carolina and Tennessee border.

Originally published: Apr. 4, 2013
Last modified: Apr. 6, 2013

Heather Samudio

Turkeys are completely unaware that area hunters have begun taking aim at them.

According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, this is the time that toms are gobbling, strutting and tail-fanning to locate hens and show their dominance over the other toms.

In the 1970s, NCWRC biologists replenished turkeys all over North Carolina in a restoration effort they deemed successful.

The youth-only wild turkey season began Saturday, April 6, and continues through Friday, April 12.

During last year’s spring youth hunt in Ashe County, three adult turkeys and five jakes were reported in the harvest.

The adult season begins Saturday, April 13, and ends May 11.

In the 2012 season, there were a total of 263 turkeys reported taken in the county, including those from the youth hunt. The total included 203 adult gobblers and 60 jakes.

For the benefit of all hunters planning to participate in the upcoming turkey season, the NCWRC website, http://www.ncwildlife.org, includes all the information they need to know prior to, during and after the hunt.

A license or permit may be purchased on the website, using a Visa or MasterCard or with a local wildlife service agent. Infant, youth and disabled lifetime licenses may not be purchased online.

License agents in the county include: Nathans Creek General Store on Highway 221 North in Jefferson, WJ Hardware on Main Street in West Jefferson, Walmart on Mt. Jefferson Road in West Jefferson and Rivergirl Fishing Company on Railroad Grade Road in Todd.

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