Based on field reports submitted in the past few days by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation personnel, the key word this year might be “patience.” As many parts of Oklahoma continue to recover from years of extreme drought, the number of turkeys is also slowly beginning to grow.
Most reports indicate that hunters will likely have opportunities to harvest younger birds this year, as the proportion of jakes and 2-year-old toms seems to be higher this year. But hunters looking for older toms probably will have to pass up a few early chances.
In the eight-county Southeast Region, youth turkey season will be April 18-19, and regular turkey season will be April 20 to May 6.
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