Hunters in the Parry Sound District will get a wild turkey hunt.  The Ministry of Natural Resources has approved a spring wild turkey hunt in wildlife management units 47, 49, and 50 within the Parry Sound District.  This spring the wild turkey season starts on April 25, 2014 and runs until May 31, 2014.  Turkey hunters must have successfully completed the Ontario Hunter Education Course and the Ontario Wild Turkey Hunter Education Course and passed both examinations.  For information on seasons and licences, visit the MNR’s website.

TURKEY HUNTING RULES

  • Most wild turkey hunting is done on private land. Always obtain landowner permission before venturing onto private property.
  • Hunting hours during the spring turkey season are ½ hour before sunrise to 7 p.m.
  • Make sure your target is a legal bird; only bearded turkeys may be harvested in the spring.
  • Attach your game seal to the turkey at the time of the kill as directed on the seal. The seal must remain attached until the turkey is prepared for consumption.
  • Successful turkey hunters must report information about their harvest by noon the next day to the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-800-288-1155.

TURKEY HUNTING SAFETY REMINDERS

  • Position yourself against a stump, tree or rock that is wider than your shoulders and higher than your head.
  • Never wear or carry the colors red, white, blue or black when turkey hunting, as these are the colors of the head of a wild turkey gobbler.
  • Never stalk a gobbler; call the bird to you.
  • When moving your harvested bird, cover it completely in camouflage or hunter orange.