West Virginia Turkey Season – Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

West Virginia Turkey Season 2023

West Virginia Turkey Season Starts April 17, 2023 in all 55 counties.

Spring is coming and turkey hunting is the first big game season of the year in West Virginia. But it’s important to remember that while hunting can be a fun and rewarding experience, it’s also critical to take the necessary safety precautions to ensure that your time in the woods is both safe and enjoyable. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind while turkey hunting.

Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

First and foremost, be aware of your firearm at all times. Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction and be sure to follow all of the other rules of firearms safety, such as keeping your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.

Remember that turkey hunting is not like other forms of hunting – you’re often moving through dense underbrush, which can be dangerous if you’re not careful.

West Virginia Turkey Season Dates: April 17- May 21 2023

Another important safety tip is to be aware of your surroundings. Always be aware of other hunters and their movements, and make sure that you’re not putting yourself or others in danger. When hunting in a group, make sure that everyone is on the same page about the hunt, and that everyone is aware of each other’s locations.

Know your target and what’s beyond it: Make sure you have a clear view of your target and are aware of what is behind it. You should never shoot at movement or sound without being absolutely certain of what you are shooting at.

Remember to be careful when calling for turkey. A high quality turkey call can be an extremely effective tool for attracting turkeys, but it’s important to use it correctly. Always be aware of your surroundings when using a turkey call, and avoid calling too loudly or too often. Over-calling can alert other hunters to your presence and increase the risk of an accident. If you see another hunter approaching NEVER use your call to let them know where you are. That is an accident waiting to happen.

Remember, baiting is illegal when turkey hunting in West Virginia.

Position yourself with a solid backstop behind you. If you are turkey hunting on public land in West Virginia you are likely to be in the vicinity of other hunters. The turkey call is great for attracting turkeys but can also lure in an unsuspecting hunter. Rest your back against the base of a tree, rock or other fallen structure. This will not only better camouflage yourself to the turkeys, but protect yourself from possible danger.

Dress for safety. In West Virginia you don’t have to wear blaze orange requirement when turkey hunting. However, once you have shot a turkey you have to transport it out of the woods. When carrying your turkey, consider covering it with blaze orange or concealing it in a game bag. A hunter could mistake it for a live turkey moving through the woods, attracting unwanted attention.

Our last tip should go without saying and is applicable to any outdoor activity. Always let someone know where you will be. Before heading out, let someone know where you’ll be hunting and when you plan to return. If something goes wrong, they’ll know where to start looking for you.

Following these easy to remember rules will help ensure your safety while out hunting turkey during West Virginia’s spring gobbler season. As important as it is to be successful in the field, coming home safely is always number one.

Additionally, consider your health along with your safety. Spring turkey season in WV means West Virginia tick season. Remember to thoroughly check yourself over anytime after spending time in the woods.

Anyone 15 or older who plan to hunt turkey in West Virginia are required to have a valid West Virginia hunting license and a valid form of identification while hunting. Resident landowners hunting on their land do not need a hunting license. A West Virginia hunting license can be purchased at license agents across the state or online at WVhunt.com.

2023 West Virginia Turkey Season

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