Liberalize Fall Turkey Hunting Opportunities

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-02
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-1
4-2
4-3
4-4
4-5
4-6
4-7
4-8
4-9
4-14
4-15
4-16
4-17
4-18
4-19
4-20
4-21
4-22
4-23
4-24
4-25
4-26
4-27
4-28
4-29
4-30
4-31
4-32
4-33
4-34
4-35
4-36
4-37
4-38
4-39
4-40
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Turkey
Closing Date: 
January 19, 2020 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

This regulation was approved as proposed and is included in the 2020-2022 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Current Regulations: 

Turkey

4-1 to 4-9, 4-14 to 4-40

Bearded

Apr 15 - May 15

1

Bow Only Season

4-1 to 4-9, 4-14 to 4-40

Bearded

Sept 1 - Sept 30

*1

Bow or Shot Only Season

4-1 to 4-9, 4-14 to 4-40

Any turkey

Oct 1 - Oct 15

*1

* The aggregate bag limit for turkey is 2, only one may be taken in the spring and one in the fall.

Proposed Regulations: 

Replace the “Bow or Shot Only” season from Oct 1-15 with an Oct 1-15 General Open Season in MUs  4-1 to 4-4, 4-14 to 4-24, and 4-26 to 4-40 and an Oct 1 – Nov 30 General Open Season in MUs 4-5 to 4-9 and 4-25. Increase the regional turkey bag limit.

Turkey

4-1 to 4-9, 4-14 to 4-40

Bearded

Apr 15 - May 15

1

Turkey

4-1 to 4-4, 4-14 to 4-24, 4-26 to 4-40

Any turkey

Oct 1 - Oct 15

*2

Turkey

4-5 to 4-9, 4-25

Any turkey

Oct 1 – Nov 30

*2

Bow Only

4-1 to 4-9, 4-14 to 4-40

Bearded

Sept 1 - Sept 30

*2

* The aggregate bag limit for turkey is 3, only one may be taken in the spring and two in the fall.

Rationale: 

Complaints about turkeys have increased in recent years, and populations appear to be rising based on the Hunter Sample Survey data. There are concerns about impacts to landowners (e.g., crop depredation, eating livestock feed, damaging homes, buildings, vehicles, and damaging trees from roosting).

The Province does not complete turkey population inventories or surveys, and for the purpose of population management data from hunter surveys (harvest, effort, etc.) are used to gauge population trends. On average, the number of turkey hunters and turkeys killed have increased over the past 12 years from 2005-2017. Number killed has fluctuated between 230 (2011) and 656 (2016). This data suggests that turkey populations in the region are increasing; this estimate is supported by anecdotal reports.

Increasing the turkey bag limit and liberalizing seasons provides additional and sustainable hunting opportunities, is anticipated to reduce turkey conflicts on private land, harmonizes turkey seasons with the Okanagan Region.