Youth and Apprentice Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend. Season dates; April 3 and 4 statewide, (Sunday hunting on private lands only).

Bag limit is one turkey (bearded bird only) per youth/apprentice hunter, per weekend.

Resident and nonresident youth hunters 15 years of age and under or holders of a valid apprentice hunting license, when in compliance with all applicable laws and licenses, may hunt when accompanied and directly supervised by an adult over the age of 18 who has a valid Virginia hunting license or is exempt from purchasing a hunting license.

Nonresident youth of any age need to have the appropriate licenses (unless exempt from purchasing a license).

Hunting hours are from 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset. Turkeys harvested by youth or apprentice hunters count against their daily and season bag limit.

Adult hunters accompanying youth or apprentice turkey hunters: Do not need a deer/turkey license on this weekend; may assist with calling; shall not carry or discharge a weapon; and shall maintain close visual and verbal contact with, provide adequate direction to, and can immediately assume control of the firearm

Spring Turkey Season. Bag Limit: One per day, bearded turkeys only. Hunters may take one, two, or three bearded turkeys depending on how many turkeys were taken in the fall season.

Season dates: April 10 through May 2 statewide, one-half hour before sunrise until noon each day. May 3 through 15 statewide, one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Legal Methods and Restrictions for Spring Firearms and Youth and Apprentice Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during these seasons. Arrowguns are allowed, modern firearms, archery tackle, muzzleloading firearms, decoys and blinds may be used.

It is unlawful to use electronic calls. It is unlawful to use dogs, except that dogs may be used to track wounded or dead turkeys (see Hunting with Dogs on the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website). When using a shotgun it is unlawful to use or have in possession any shot larger than number 2 fine shot during spring turkey season.

Spring Turkey Hunters Needed for Survey. For years, the department has conducted a statewide survey of spring turkey hunters to collect their observations and opinions, but participation has been declining. Survey results help the department with many wild turkey conservation issues. Participants receive an annual report. You can go on line and fill out the survey and submit it.

If you are turkey hunting on the apprentice season or regular season, I hope you have found some ammunition to use. It seems like no matter where you search, the ammunition is not on the shelves anywhere to be found. A little while back you could not find .22’s anywhere. If you knew someone where you normally bought them, they would let you know when the next shipment was coming. Right now it seems nobody knows when any type of ammo will be on the shelves.

I was lucky, I went to my turkey hunting vest I have hanging up and I found 5 shells left over from the last time I went turkey hunting. I have my Mossberg 31/2inch ultra choke, I got my shells, I got the decoys, and I got my chair blind. I’m looking forward to going turkey hunting again Until next week — H.S.F.H.-L.M.

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