It appears fall turkey season is headed for a significant change in much of Crawford County.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners recently gave preliminary approval to fall turkey seasons for 2013 and spring gobbler dates for 2014.
A population decline has become apparent in wildlife management unit 1B, which includes all of Erie County, half of Crawford County and parts of Venango and Warren counties. To be consistent with guidelines for setting fall season length outlined in the turkey management plan, the second week of the season was eliminated.
For the 2014 spring gobbler season, which is proposed to run from May 3 through 31, the board continued the change in legal hunting hours to reflect the following: From May 3 to 17, legal shooting hours will be a half hour before sunrise until noon; and from May 19 to 31, hunters may hunt all day, from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.
The board proposed holding the one-day spring gobbler youth hunt on April 26, which will run from a half hour before sunrise until noon. All junior license holders and mentored youth hunting program permit holders can participate in this one-day hunt, as well as the other spring season dates.
The public may offer comments on all proposed 2013-14 seasons and bag limits, as well as other board actions, between now and the board’s next meeting, which is April 14 and 15. The board is scheduled to finalize seasons and bag limits for 2013-14 during that meeting.