Young hunters are encouraged to get their guns and get ready to take aim.
The Outpost Outdoors on Mullican Street and the TWRA are holding a Youth Turkey Hunt this Saturday morning, March 26. A grand prize will be awarded to the kid who shoots the largest turkey and other prizes will be available, according to TWRA wildlife officer Jason Ramsey.
“This is our third year for the Youth Turkey Hunt,” said Ramsey. “We had about 25 participants our first year and that number grew to around 60 last year. We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout this Saturday.”
To participate, young hunters from ages 6 to 16 need to preregister by Friday by calling The Outpost Outdoors at 473-2769, Ramsey at (423) 839-5975 or wildlife officer Pete Geesling at (615) 339-4704.
Young hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 21 or older. Normal hunter education and license requirements apply.
Ramsey said there’s no starting point to the Youth Turkey Hunt. After registering, go hunting as usual Saturday morning then meet at The Outpost Outdoors by noon on Saturday to determine the winners.
This weekend, March 26-27, is the statewide young sportsman hunt for youth 6 to 16. Spring turkey season opens Saturday, April 2 and continues through Sunday, May 15.
Spring turkey harvest numbers have been consistent for a number of years, according to TWRA. Tennessee turkey hunters have passed the 30,000 harvest mark for 13 consecutive years.
Hunting hours for turkeys are 30 minutes prior to legal sunrise until legal sunset. Legal hunting equipment includes shotguns using ammunition loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller. There is no restriction on number of rounds in magazine. Longbows, recurve bows, compound bows and other bows drawn or held by a mechanical device are permitted.
Firearms and archery equipment may have sighting devices except those devices utilizing an artificial light capable of locating wildlife. Night vision scopes are illegal.
Bag limits are one bearded turkey per day, not to exceed four per season.