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Special Youth Turkey Season Opens March 15-Available on Private Lands Only

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/3/2014)

For the first time in Georgia, youth and mobility-impaired hunters will have a chance to turkey hunt the weekend before the statewide turkey season opens.  This special opportunity season is March 15-16, 2014. 

“I am sure that many a young hunter is excited about this opportunity as it gives them a chance to get in the woods before they open to everyone the following weekend,” said John Bowers, chief of the Game Management Section.  “But, we want hunters to be sure to note that this special opportunity hunt is only available on private lands.”  

This weekend hunt opportunity is available only for youth 16 years of age and younger or hunters that are mobility impaired (i.e. confined to a wheelchair, hemiplegia, monoplegia, paraplegia, or single-leg amputation above the knee).  Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) who may call for turkey, but may not take or attempt to take a turkey.  

Resident youth hunters under age 16 will not need a license.  Hunters age 16 years or older (including those accompanying youth or others) will need a hunting license and a big game license unless hunting on their own private land.  Where can you get a license? Buy it online or find a list of retail license vendors at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes or buy it by phone at 1-800-366-2661. 

The 2014 Georgia statewide turkey season opens Saturday, March 22.  For more hunting information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.   A 2014 turkey season forecast is available at www.youtube.com/user/GeorgiaWildlife

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