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Turkey hunters reminded to changes in upcoming season

Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013, 03:24 PM CDT
Posted by: Lauren Gross

HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania turkey hunters are advised of hunting season changes. Fall season begins Nov. 2 in most parts of state, but season lengths vary by WMU.

Turkey hunters preparing to head afield during Pennsylvania’s annual fall season are urged to review the opening and closing dates that apply within the Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) they hunt.

The fall season has been lengthened by a week in some WMUs and shortened by a week in others. Additionally, a WMU might have a later opening date, a weeklong or shorter season, or could be closed to fall turkey hunting altogether.

In most of the state, the fall turkey season opens Saturday, Nov. 2. There are exceptions, however.

In WMU 5A, a three-day season begins Tuesday, Nov. 5.  Meanwhile, WMUs 5B, 5C and 5D remain closed to fall turkey hunting. The fall turkey season dates are outlined on page 35 of the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest that is issued at the time hunters by their licenses.

Those seasons are as follows: WMU 1B – Nov. 2 to 9, and Nov. 28 to 30; WMU 2B (shotgun and archery only) – Nov. 2 to 22, and Nov. 28 to 30; WMUs 1A, 2A, 2D, 2F, 2G and 2H – Nov. 2 to 16, and Nov. 28 to 30; WMUs 2C, 2E, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E – Nov. 2 to 22, and Nov. 28 to 30; and WMU 5A – Nov. 5 to 7.

In all, the season length is changing in nine WMUs this year.

The changes in eight of those WMUs are due to an ongoing study to determine how the length of the fall season affects the female turkey harvest. The game commission in the past two years has monitored two separate study areas, and with that data now collected, the study requires the season length in both study areas be changed.

In WMUs 2F, 2G and 2H, that means shortening the season from three weeks to two weeks. Meanwhile, the season will be lengthened from two weeks to three weeks in WMUs 2C, 2E, 4A, 4B and 4D.

Aside from the changes within study areas, the fall turkey season also is being shortened from two weeks to one week in WMU 1B due to a precipitous decline in the turkey population locally.

The three-day Thanksgiving season remains in place there, as it does in most other parts of the state.Turkey hunters reminded to changes in upcoming season

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