Spring turkey hunting season opens Saturday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's spring wild turkey hunting season opens Saturday and continues through May 4.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says Kentucky outpaced all surrounding states in the number of birds harvested per square mile last spring. Hunters reported taking 32,498 wild turkeys for an average of 0.82 per square mile, placing Kentucky slightly ahead of Tennessee.

About 90,000 people hunt turkeys in Kentucky and each is allowed a limit of two bearded birds during the spring season. Any combination of male turkeys or female turkeys with visible bears may be included in the season limit. No more than one bird may be taken per day.

Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

The Green River Region, covering 25 counties in south-central Kentucky, traditionally produces the highest harvest totals.

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