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Reminder for Kansas turkey hunters: Safety First

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

-- During these seasons, Kansas hunters must remember one word that exemplifies the perfect hunt: safety.

Responsible hunters are sure of their targets — and what lies beyond them — before firing, and they hunt defensively to protect themselves from the mistakes of others.

The youth/disabled and archery spring turkey seasons began April 1 and runs through April 12, and the regular season runs April 13 to May 31.

Some of the defensive safety tips hunters should follow when pursuing America’s largest game bird include: 

* Set up against a stump, tree, or rock that is wider than your shoulders and higher than your head.

* Never wear or carry the colors red, white, light blue, or black — the colors of a wild turkey gobbler — when turkey hunting.
 
* Eliminate movement and set up in open timber rather than thick brush.

* Avoid imitating the sound of a gobbling turkey.

* Watch other game and listen for the alarm cries of blue jays, crows, squirrels, or woodpeckers that can tip you off to the presence of another hunter.

* Assume any noise you hear is another hunter.

* Never move, wave, or make turkey sounds to alert another hunter of your presence but remain still and call out in a loud, clear voice to announce.

Including the archery-only season and youth/disabled seasons, Kansas hunters will be able to hunt for two full months. During the youth season, youth 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.

The adult may not hunt during the youth season, except with archery equipment. No hunting license is required for resident hunters 15 and younger, but a valid Kansas turkey permit is required.

For more information, contact the nearest Wildlife and Parks office or visit the agency's website at http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/Hunting.

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