Winner, winner turkey dinner

When the cluck of a box call or the purr of slate inspires a gobble in the distance, a turkey hunter can’t help but smile. But when a plate of sizzling, fried turkey meat coated in a golden crust hits the dinner table, everyone has a reason to grin. Spring turkey season in Kansas is here and as the action heats up, so can your frying pan, with the help of these simple season reminders.

The 2016 Youth/Disabled spring turkey season is April 1-12, followed by the Archery season April 4-12, and the Regular season April 13-May 31. Youth and disabled hunters may use all legal equipment during the Youth/Disabled season: shotguns using shot size 2-9 and archery equipment, including long, recurve and compound bows and crossbows. Only archery equipment may be used during the Archery season. All legal equipment may be used during the Regular season.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Hunters who have purchased a spring turkey permit are eligible for one second turkey game tag, valid for Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6. The bag limit is one turkey with a visible beard per permit or game tag.

Dogs may not be used during the spring season.

To locate turkey hunting ground near you, consult the 2016 Kansas Spring Turkey Hunting Atlas or visit