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Turkey season opens April 30 in Massachusetts

From Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

-- The spring turkey hunting season opens April 30 throughout most of Massachusetts.

Licensed hunters must obtain a turkey permit, and with the new electronic MassFishHunt system, hunters can purchase a permit online.

Turkey permits can also be purchased at any license vendor or DFW office. A hunting license is required when purchasing the permit.

New this year, youth hunters age 12 to 14 who have successfully completed the Youth Turkey Hunt Program will be issued a Youth Turkey Hunt permit with two tags. The permit and tags will be valid for both the Youth Turkey hunt April 28 and the regular spring turkey season.

The youth permit and tags are not valid for fall turkey hunting.

Youth turkey hunters ages 12 to 17 who completed the Youth Turkey Hunt Program in previous years must obtain a Youth Turkey permit by completing the Past Participant Application online.

Applications may be mailed or dropped off at Youth Turkey Permit, MassWildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA, 01581.

To ensure the permit will be received before April 28, the application must be received or postmarked by April 13, 2012.

The daily bag limit is one bird a day for both the Youth Turkey Hunt date and the spring turkey hunting season. All other turkey hunting regulations apply to young turkey hunters.

Turkey harvest reporting is required, and hunters must check their turkeys in at an official check station for the spring turkey hunting season. A list of turkey check stations is available online.

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