Spring turkey season is here! Youth hunters in the South Zone already had a chance at a tom March 11-12. The regular season in the South Zone opens March 18 and runs through April 30. North Zone, One Turkey Counties and Eastern Turkey hunters will have to wait until April to get after the toms.
According to TPWD, hunters who hit the field this spring should see plenty of birds in areas that typically house huntable populations of wild turkeys.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists say hunters will have the most luck in the Cross Timbers, Edwards Plateau and South Texas ecoregions.
“Much of the state had poor recruitment last spring and summer, but hunters should still expect to see quite a few 2-year-old and older gobblers,” said Jason Hardin, TPWD Wild Turkey Program leader. “The lack of juvenile hens may improve hunting conditions. Juvenile hens or jennies put little effort into nesting most years, and therefore are usually a distraction from hunters and their decoys. Once adult hens begin nesting, hunters should be able to find plenty of workable gobblers.”