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Did you Guys see this on the Home Page here???

Can't speak for everyone but I found this interesting...It has it's pros and cons and seems like they are already being discussed.

Commission considers expanding youth turkey-hunting opportunities

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will take to its July 5 meeting in Raleigh several proposals for changes to the spring wild-turkey season, including a week-long youth season and allowing hunters to take their 2-bird season limit on a single day.

At the Commission’s May 3 meeting in Raleigh, commissioners agreed to consider these changes to 2012-2013 regulations that could be taken to public meetings in the fall:

* Extending the current Youth Day from the first Saturday in April to the next Friday;

* Allow a non-hunting adult to take and monitor multiple young hunters instead of one hunter;

* Eliminate the one-turkey daily bag limit and allow a hunter to kill his season’s bag limit of two turkeys during one day.

According to Mallory Martin, the Commission’s assistant director, decisions concerning which proposals to take to the public will be voted on in July.

“These were brought forth for consideration, and that will happen, then they’ll be voted on during the July meeting,” he said.

Dr. David Cobb, director of the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management, confirmed that the proposed changes have been on the agency’s radar for about a month, although they did not come from his staff.

“They were discussed at the Big Game Committee Meeting (on May 2),” he said. “They came through public comment. It’s not a recommendation the (staff) made, and it’s not from a commissioner, as far as I know.

“There is a possibility they won’t be approved to take to public hearings.”

Cobb said he had talked to biologist Evin Stanford, who oversees the Commission’s big-game program, about the proposed changes and their potential results.

“Evin … has been asked, and he and I have worked together to determine the potential biological impact of these changes,” Cobb said.

The North Carolina chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has opposed previous attempts to open the spring season a week earlier, but Marshall Collette of Greensboro, a past president of the state chapter, said he doesn’t have major objections to a week-long youth-only season. He said North Carolina has such a large statewide flock (260,000 birds), it could stand the extra week of pressure from young hunters.

“I don’t see why not,” Collette said. “Look at South Carolina; they have 95,000 wild turkeys (estimated) and allow hunters to kill five a year. We have 260,000 turkeys and are only allowed to take two birds. I think (our flock) could support at least a slightly larger harvest.”

He did have a couple of concerns.

“My first thought is, this will hurt the jake (juvenile male turkey) population,” he said. “Kids don’t have the patience to wait for a tom with an 11-inch beard’; they’ll take the first male bird that comes along, and that’s usually a jake – and I’m okay with that. You want to get more kids involved in hunting. And it doesn’t bother me a bit for a kid to hunt a week (earlier) than the rest of us. But it does bother me a little this appears to be a way to push the season-opening date up a week.

“The other question is, ‘Will this season occur during spring break (for schools)? If it’s not spring break, how many parents will take their kids out of school to go hunting?”

Sportsman may make comments on the proposals on the Commission’s web site, www.ncwildlife.org.
May 09, 2012 at 6:44pm
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Diane00Profile Photo
Posted May 09, 2012 at 6:55pm
Article

Yeah I read that this morning.I think they should throw in an extra week just for us so called 'green horn' women,lol.It does all sound interesting,especially a week for the youth.

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GobblintomProfile Photo
Posted May 09, 2012 at 7:09pm
LOL

'Green-Horn' LOL Man, do you document everything I say?...Your gonna need a bigger notebook LOL

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outdoor lifeProfile Photo
Posted May 09, 2012 at 7:11pm
Great thing

I think these are great ideas I wonder why these havent already been passed especially the 2 in one day I mean if you got a limit of 2 why cant you get em both in one day. Great point about SC flock and limit compared to NC flock and limit and youth day should last a week not enogh poeple can get out in one day.

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redneck01Profile Photo
Posted May 09, 2012 at 7:31pm
Great idea

I personaly think this is a great idea.The week of youth season would be a better chance for youth to get a bird and in turn be more intrested in the outdoors.And the two bird in a day limit (why not).

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GobblintomProfile Photo
Posted May 09, 2012 at 7:39pm
Turkeys

Guys I have hunted several states..West Va has as many if not More turkeys than we have and you cant hunt in the PM?...I have hunted in South Carolina and came up Dry on prime land where you can take 5 Birds a season!!! 5 Birds!! Here, I wish since they did away with the Fall NC season that we could get another Tag but that's not likely to happen LOL...I have had several chances to take 2 Gobblers with 1 shot but Dang, Wouldn't the season suck if it was over the first day? LOL..I agree though...Youth day should be a week..heck I bet my daughter could have got 1 of the ones I got of Film if we would have had another day to try them!

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seaduckProfile Photo
Posted May 09, 2012 at 11:41pm
All for it

Extending the youth season would be great. Anything to get more kids outside. Not everyone can make it out on the one Saturday as it stands now.

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Duplin County BowhunterProfile Photo
Posted May 10, 2012 at 1:59pm
Regs

I would not have a problem with any of those changes...not that they will happen but maybe one day.

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