Seashore turkey hunt to begin April 25

Annual spring turkey hunt will run until May 21
You'll want to hide for the next month if you are an Outer Cape turkey. Photo by Jane Booth.

The annual spring turkey hunt at the Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) will begin on Monday, April 25. This is the fifth season for the hunt, according to a CCNS release. The 2016 turkey hunt will run for through Saturday, May 21, and coincide with the state turkey hunting season, which continues for an additional week.

To take part in the CCNS spring turkey hunt, a CCNS turkey hunting permit as well as a Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game hunting license and a wild turkey hunting permit are required. The CCNS hunting permit is free and available through a lottery. A total of 150 weekly CCNS permits will be issued this season. A valid Massachusetts hunting license is required to complete the application. The regulations governing the seashore hunt are consistent with most of the state rules for turkey hunting, the release said.

Per state regulations, hunting is allowed Monday through Saturday only, one half hour before sunrise until 12 p.m. The same restrictions will be followed at  the seashore.

For information about the CCNS spring turkey hunt, call North District Ranger Craig Thatcher at 508-487-2100, ext. 0910 or visit the CCNS website here. The park's hunting brochure, which includes maps of hunting areas, is available here

Information about state wild turkey hunting permits are available here. State hunting licenses and permits are available online here. The state hunting and fishing season schedule for 2016 is here. Harvested turkeys are checked online. According to the most recent Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game data, 76 harvested turkeys were taken in 2013, up 25 from 2012. There is an annual bag limit of two wild turkeys total and only one turkey may be harvested per day.


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