Pennsylvania Game Commission officials say results in the upcoming five-week spring gobbler season may be below average.
The season begins Saturday (April 27), and the Game Commission expects that about 230,000 hunters will take part.
But, the commission’s hunter-trapper education chief, Keith Snyder, says turkey reproduction has been down over the past three years, and the general turkey population is down. Locally, hunters may disagree. There have been many reports of plentiful flocks of gobblers in wooded areas near agricultural lands.
The general spring gobbler season will run through May 31, with the traditional noon closings for the first two weeks through May 11. Hunters who purchase a second spring gobbler license may harvest up to two bearded turkeys, one per day, but here’s a reminder — today (April 26) is the final day in which you may purchase that second tag.