Plenty of gobblers to go around

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The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division estimates there will be about 335,000 turkeys in the state this year.   SPECIAL
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The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division estimates there will be about 335,000 turkeys in the state this year.
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It’s been a while since some hunters have been in the woods, so Saturday’s opener of Georgia’s spring gobbler season is sure to generate some traffic.

Kevin Lowrey, turkey project coordinator for Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division, estimates there are about 335,000 birds in the state so there should be plenty to go around.

“Hunters will hear some vocal 2-year-old birds in the piedmont, ridge and valley, and blue ridge regions of the state thanks to good production in 2011,” he said. “Coastal plains hunters may need to work a little harder to call in some seasoned gobblers, as birds were not as productive in this area in previous years.”

Last year’s reproduction was poor, declining about 30 percent from previous seasons, he said, but the impact would be most noticeable a year from now, during the 2014 season, Lowrey said.

Georgia has one of the longest turkey seasons nationwide. With a bag limit of three gobblers per season, hunters have from Mar. 23 through May 15 to hunt, call and harvest.

South Carolina’s turkey season opened March 15 on private lands only in Game Zone 6, which includes Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper and Orangeburg counties.

In the other 34 counties that make up Game Zones 1-5, the season opens April 1.

Saturday, March 30 is Youth Turkey Hunt Day in areas where the season opens on April 1. On this day, youths 17 and under may hunt turkeys.

Hunters in either state should also remember to be careful when hunting, and to never wear red, white, blue or black clothing. Red is the color most hunters look for when distinguishing a gobbler’s head from a hen’s blue-colored head, but at times it may appear white or blue.

COOKIN FOR KIDS: Dan Hillman, executive director of Child Enrichment Inc. and the Child Advocacy Center asked me to remind everying that the 24th annual Cookin’ for Kids is Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the traditional Oyster Roast at 7 p.m. Friday.

The event is an importrant spring fundraiser for Child Enrichment, which serves the abandoned, abused, neglected and sexually abused children of the region. Child Enrichment is a charity, and no fees are ever charged.

The event, held at Daniel Field Airport, is a family fun day with a serious cooking competition, music, Georgia Southern Reptile and Raptor show, clowns, children’s activities and more. Visit www.CookinforKids.com for details.


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