TWRA reports slight decrease in 2024 spring turkey harvest

Published 2:30 pm Monday, June 10, 2024

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has released the statistics from the recently concluded 2024 spring wild turkey hunting season. The total reported harvest was 31,647, marking a decrease of 155 birds (1 percent) from the 2023 season and a 5 percent decrease from the previous five-year average of 33,202.

As in previous years, the youth and opening weekends saw high harvest numbers. “This year, we started off with a strong harvest but again it dropped sharply as the season progressed,” said Roger Shields, TWRA Wild Turkey Program Coordinator. “The steep drop-off in harvest that followed exceptional opening weekends was likely due in part to the two-bird bag limit in place again this year where people had filled their bag limit and could not continue hunting.”

A total of 25,479 hunters reported harvesting at least one turkey, which is 12 percent higher than the five-year average of successful hunters. Of these hunters, 76 percent harvested one turkey, while 24 percent harvested two. The reported harvest included 28,830 gobblers, 2,534 jakes, and 161 bearded hens.

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Middle Tennessee (TWRA Region II) and West Tennessee (TWRA Region I) saw increases in harvests. Region II reported 11,961 turkeys harvested, an increase of 255 from last year. Region I had 8,304 harvests, an increase of 472 from 2023. In contrast, the Upper Cumberland (Region III) reported 5,860 harvests, a decline of 297, and East Tennessee (Region IV) had 5,567 harvests, 583 less than last year.

The 2025 spring turkey season is scheduled for April 12-May 25, with the Young Sportsman Hunt set for the weekend of April 5-6.

For more information, contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.