The change in season can mean a number of things. We have warmer weather, we can start thinking about planting flowers, and if you are a fan of outdoor recreation, it means its time to prepare for the next hunting season.

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And what season is right around the corner? Spring Turkey

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the sport has returned to its pre-pandemic participation levels. Each year only 20-22 percent of tags allotted for the bird are filled which equals around 11,500 birds.

Turkey hunting is a more intimate sport. Hunters need to be 30 yards from the bird to be the most successful. This means hunters need to be sure to give each other space when they are out.

When going out, the DNR warns people to avoid wearing red, white, or blue because these are the colors on the male turkey. In case of an emergency, the DNR says to be sure to leave behind a plan. This would include information such as their location, who they are with, and when they plan to return.

During the spring, Iowa allows for male or bearded turkeys to be hunted. More information on tags and the hunting season can be found on the DNR’s website.

2022 Iowa Spring Turkey Seasons (Gun/Bow):

  • Youth Only (Iowa Residents Only): April 8-10
  • Season 1: April 11-14
  • Season 2: April 12-19
  • Season 3: April 20-26
  • Season 4: April 27-May 15
  • Archery-Only (Resident): April 11-15

Youth licenses that are not filled during the youth season can be used in other seasons until the season ends or they are filled.

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