Spring turkey hunt starts on the Cape Cod National Seashore April 29

If you are a turkey, it's time to get the gobble out of here
The spring turkey hunt begins on April 29. Photo by Jeff Hatfield.

Come April 29, it will no longer be safe to be a turkey on the Cape Cod National Seashore. The sequester is threatening a lot of things, but the spring turkey hunt is not one of them.

The spring turkey hunt will follow the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations.  The state's turkey hunt lasts four weeks, and the hunt at the National Seashore Park will coincide with the first three weeks (April 29 through May 18).

Hunters are required to have both a Massachusetts hunting license with a turkey stamp and a national seashore turkey hunting permit. The CCNS turkey permits will be issued through a lottery, according to a CCNS release. Hunters wishing to enter the lottery must already have their state permit and stamp.

This is the second year a turkey hunt will be held in the park. According to the CCNS, the spring turkey hunt was authorized following the Cape Cod National Seashore Hunting Program Environmental Impact Statement Record of Decision in 2007.  Since then, the park has been working towards increasing the hunting of "native upland game bird species" while decreasing the hunting of "non-native" species including ring-necked pheasant.

Hunters may enter the lottery online on the Cape Cod National Seashore website. Applications will also be available at CCNS headquarters in Wellfleet, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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