MN Spring Turkey Season Begins Wednesday

MN Spring Turkey Season Begins Wednesday

April 13, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ R & J Outdoors Show 0

Minnesota — The Minnesota Spring Turkey hunting season kicks off tomorrow and if it’s anything like last year, it’s bound to a be busy one. The season goes through the end of May. Last year the state saw a boom in license sales, which Minnesota DNR Detroit Lakes Area Wildlife Supervisor Rob Baden says was likely a direct correlation with the lockdown of all other activities besides hunting and fishing.

And while license sales were up, so is the turkey population. Baden says locally the turkey flocks continue to expand and hunting pressure is still minimal, making the Norman County region an under the radar hotspot for turkey hunting.

While the spring hunt goes through the end of May, it is broken up into six weeklong seasons. You can only purchase a license for one season, but if you are unsuccessful, you are allowed to hunt the final season as well, which is actually two weeks long. Baden says typically the most hunting pressure comes in the opening week, so he feels you may actually have more success if you wait until later in the year.

And while full camouflage is allowed, Baden recommends bringing an orange vest with you to wear when retrieving a bird that you harvested. The Minnesota DNR has a number of resources, including how-to-guides and webinars, available for those looking to give turkey hunting a try for the first time. Visit their website,, and search “turkey hunting.”