Outdoor Tips with Jack Morris
BY JACK MORRIS
Sunday, February 10, 2013
2/10/13 at 6:36 AM
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Spring turkey season is a ways off in Oklahoma (April 6-May 6), but it opens in just a few weeks in southern states. Great hunts to the south may await those who take some time to do the planning.
Whether you go guided or hunt public land, a little planning can put you on the way to a good hunt. Don't just go with the first guide service you find on the Internet.
Most states post their regulations online. Check those sites and learn what you can. Then contact the wildlife department in the state you plan to hunt, narrow down your plans to a specific area and contact the local game warden and local sporting goods stores. Ask around and see what you can find out - you might be surprised just how much you can learn.
Another thing to research while you're looking around is to check on limited-entry hunts in other states. Lottery-style permit drawings can sometimes be a ticket to a great hunt. You might have to apply a year or six months ahead of time, but those hunts can sometimes lead to great opportunities. Again, it just takes planning.
When arranging for an outfitted hunt, make sure you check references and ask specifically about their successes. It's not a bad idea to check with local law enforcement and see what kind of reputation they have.
It's time to start thinking turkey. Oklahoma has a good and generous season, but looking to other states before and after the season here can make your season just that much longer and rewarding.
Jack Morris is a professional guide and host of Outdoor Trails Thursday nights at 6 p.m. on KTBZ am1430. Contact him at 918-691-3840, firstname.lastname@example.org or see tulsaworld.com/jackmorris.