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2020 turkey regs


Barbelboy

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I know it's the middle of winter, but i got turkeys on the brain. The DNR page says they new regs aren't out yet, but a careful look at the zone map shows some of the new rules. Looks like no season A & B lottery and everybody can hunt statewide.  Only Mille Lacs, Carlos and Whitewater are lottery.

 

 

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I got Turkeys on the brain all year been watching my winter flock for a while already. Figured they would implement a non lottery pretty soon way to many surplus tags left always for A and B. Hunters always are afraid to throw in considering the weather patterns can vary so much. Lottery or not B season for me been doing it since Mn opened the season. Always find success some years tougher than others but usally pretty good. 

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Yah, especially if you’re still able to get on the winter flocks before they completely break up and disperse to other properties.  We get them working through our yard for stretches of days at a time but then other stretches of days you can’t see one for trying.


Sometimes they just share some breakfast with me.

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I love hunting turkeys with my crossbow and will always do so. Tough buggers they are, but so rewarding to bag one.

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It will be interesting to see the early season dynamics over the next few year. Might be a lot of hunters buying early season tags, might not. They may wait to buy their tag until last minute depending on weather. But the utilization of a firearm statewide in all zones through your season is an interesting twist. One of the main reasons i hunt with a bow is the ability to hunt statewide all season. But if i can sit in some of my favorite spots throughout a 7 day season with a firearm it would make run and gun a bit more palatable. As well as the last redemption season would give me almost 18 days of hunting if wanted. I'll be curious to see the final regs. 

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I figured the lottery system would go away eventually.  I didn't think it would happen this soon though.  I intend to hunt the same "zone" I normally hunt but now I might just wait until I see a good week of weather, buy that license, and go for a few days.  The downside to this is that there might be more hunting pressure during a specific time frame.  Turkeys are tough to hunt, and they become even tougher when pressured.

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