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Michigan 2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Season Opens April 22
Submitted by: TBC Press
Posted on: 04/15/19
The Michigan 2019 Spring turkey season opens with variable dates April 22 through May 31. Bag limit is one bearded turkey.
Overall outlook: “Although 2018 spring weather conditions were harsh — a cold, wet spring with a heavy late-April snowstorm — there appeared to be average reproduction and decent bird numbers in 2018,” says Al Stewart, upland game-bird specialist and program leader with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Quick tip: “Scout along the edges of sandy fields, and look for dust bowls and turkey tracks,” Stewart adds. “Listen for gobbling birds in the morning or at dusk along steep escarpments near creek bottoms. These are always great starting points to locate toms.
Michigan is one of the top turkey hunting states in the country (No. 6 to 8 in spring harvest, with 40 to 45 percent hunter success) and is valued as having some of the highest quality turkey hunting in the nation. There are 10 million acres of land open to public hunting, which is more than any state east of the Mississippi River.”
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“I expect bird numbers to be respectable this spring and anticipate hunting conditions to also be good this spring (depending on 2019 weather conditions in April and May).”
Potential 2019 hotspots: Stewart says counties with highest turkey harvests include Allegan, Montcalm, Jackson and Barry.