BIG wild turkey numbers: Two new wildlife management areas open for spring turkey season

Youth-only turkey season begins Saturday

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – SoKY’s turkey hunters have an exciting season to look forward to this spring.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has opened not one, but two new Western Kentucky wildlife management areas just in time for our 2023 spring turkey hunting season.

The new Gabbard Branch WMA in Butler County and Ferguson Creek WMA out in Livingston County give all you hunters an extra 1,400 acres of land this turkey season.

Both WMAs are open this Saturday and Sunday for Kentucky’s youth-only turkey season. Both WMAs will be available this general spring turkey season, that’s beginning April 15.

Fish and Wildlife says you can expect to see a great crop of turkeys out in the field this spring.

KDFWR’s Wildlife Division Assistant Director Scott Harp said, “We’re in probably the golden region of the state down here around Bowling Green. There are really good turkey numbers down here. A really, really high harvest down here. It’s almost a holiday down here when turkey season opens.”

Hunters, you can find all regulations and opportunities for youth-season hunters here on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s website.