SHERIDAN - Turkey hunters in Hunt Area 3 – Sheridan, Johnson and Campbell Counties, should have plenty of wild turkeys to pursue this spring as turkey populations are generally in very good shape in these areas.
Tim Thomas, Sheridan area Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologist, reports “lots of turkeys” in the area surrounding Sheridan. Thomas added, “The turkey population is doing well but most of the turkey hunting in on private lands. Hunters who can get access to private lands should have excellent wild turkey hunting.”
Dan Thiele, Buffalo area Game and Fish Department wildlife biologist, echoed Thomas’s comments regarding good wild turkeys populations on private lands. Thiele added, “There are a few turkeys occasionally found on various state and BLM lands as well as the Bighorn National Forest that provide some hunting opportunity.”
Campbell County serves as a transition zone. Gillette area Game and Fish wildlife biologist Erika Peckham indicatesthere are some turkeys in the western part of the county but as you progress to eastern Campbell County and closer to the Black Hills, turkey numbers are down from past years.
“We have had some tough winters the last few years and wildlife in general has taken a hit in eastern Campbell County, and that includes turkeys”, Peckham says.
Springturkey season opened April 1 in Hunt Area 3 and will close May 20. Turkey hunters in Area 3 can purchase a general license which limits a hunter to the take of one male wild turkey or any wild turkey with a visible beard. In addition to their general license a turkey hunter can purchase up to two limited quota Type 3 licenses in this area. These regulations can be found on the Game and Fish website at wgfd.wyo.gov or on pages 26-31 of the Upland Bird/Small Game/Wild Turkey pamphlet. General and limited quota licenses are available online and at license-selling agents. Hunters purchasing online licenses should allow 10 days to receive the license by mail. License fees are $16 for residents and $72 for nonresidents. A conservation stamp ($12.50) is also required.
(Contact: Bud Stewart (307) 672-7418)