As I wrote for a feature in Sunday’s Roanoke Times (and as Bill Cochran wrote in his Roanoke.com column last week), the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has released a draft of its Wild Turkey Management Plan. This is the first turkey plan, while the DGIF is already working with management plans for black bears and white-tailed deer.
The plan is available HERE on the DGIF web site. It’s long, but it’s worth reading if you are a turkey hunter.
Among the many objectives of the plan is to increase turkey hunting participation during fall seasons. One possible way to do that, the plan notes, is to increase the overlap of firearms turkey and deer seasons. This will almost assuredly increase the fall turkey kill. Critics of such overlaps have claimed that such overlaps don’t necessarily increase turkey HUNTING, but rather increase turkey SHOOTING.
What do you all think about the state of turkey hunting in Virginia? What could make it better? Does the draft plan address your concerns?