Turkey time! Get ready for the first big game season of 2018

If you’ve been itching to get back into the woods since deer, bear and turkey seasons ended more than four months ago, you don’t have to wait much longer. In just a few days, West Virginia’s first big game season of 2018 will start — spring gobbler season.

West Virginia’s statewide spring gobbler season opens Monday, April 16, and runs through Saturday, May 12. Turkey hunting is a tradition in the Mountain State, and the spring season can be both challenging and fun for hunters of all ages.

Many hunters say some of the best hunting is in the last week of the season when gobblers looking for mates are more likely to respond to calls. But don’t wait until the last minute to go out and bag your bird. Purchase your hunting license today and start planning your hunt!

Some important things to remember as you prepare for the season:

Youth hunters under the age of 18 are encouraged to participate in a special one-day youth season on Saturday, April 14. This is a good opportunity for experienced turkey hunters to introduce a youngster to the sport.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds sportsmen and women that hunting turkeys over bait and killing hens is illegal, unethical and disrespects the great sport of spring gobbler hunting. Turkey hunters are encouraged to report any such activity to their local Natural Resources Police Officer or call 911 to report the violation.

The West Virginia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation pays a reward of $100 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone using bait to attempt killing wild turkeys.