Wild turkey hunting in parts of Ellis County may soon be restricted

Wild turkey hunting in parts of Ellis County may soon be restricted

Wild turkeys walking through a field.

A proposed change to the 2022-23 Statewide Hunting and Migratory Game Bird proclamations in Texas aims to increase the population of wild turkeys in Ellis County.

Officials from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Thursday hosted a public meeting via Zoom to discuss various proposals to the regulations.

Among those is a proposal to close wild turkey hunting in Ellis County east of Interstate 35E. Currently individuals can hunt wild turkeys, but there is a four-bird bag limit.

“The department has been heavily involved in a wild turkey restoration project since about 2018 in the eastern third of Texas,” said Shaun Oldenburger, small game program director for Texas Parks and Wildlife. “As many folks know eastern turkeys have had a great rebound across the United States in regard to state agencies and nonprofits moving birds around, and in a lot of places it’s been very successful. One of the few places that has not been successful in turkey restoration is eastern Texas.”

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