TWRA: Spring turkey season will open as scheduled


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Not to worry turkey hunters, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t interrupting the spring turkey season opener this weekend.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said Thursday night the new executive order issued by Gov. Bill Lee requiring Tennesseans to stay at home still identifies outdoor activity as an essential activity — but, people still need to follow health guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while being outdoors.

Hunters are gearing up for the season, saying they’re excited to have a new reason to enjoy the outdoors.

Avid turkey hunter J.R. Adkins says this will also be a time for him to bond with his sons who have been out of school for a few weeks now.

“The boys have been for three weeks now out of school and things like that. We’re gonna get a lot more time now in the mornings to enjoy turkey season. Being able to get out and fish and hunt, thankfully the TWRA has been a big advocate of that,” Adkins said.

Spring turkey season for licensed adult sportsmen (shotgun/archery) opens Saturday. It closes May 17. The spring turkey season for youth sportsmen opened last weekend.

All Tennessee counties are open to spring turkey seasons. However, there are some exceptions on public land.

Bag Limits

One (1) bearded turkey per day, not to exceed four (4) per season. Any turkey harvested during the young Sportsmen hunt counts toward the spring season limit of four (4).

Spring Turkey Shooting Hours

Thirty (30) minutes before legal sunrise to sunset.

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