Local game warden mentions spring turkey
season is nearing; Outdoor Camps April 5
State Game Warden Mike France, assigned to Pottawatomie County, wants to mention that spring turkey hunting will open in less than a month and hunters may harvest only one gobbler in Pottawatomie County.
The same is true for Lincoln and Seminole counties too.
The season will open this year on Saturday, April 6, and with the exception of eight counties in the southeast region will run through May 6.
In the Southeast Region the season doesn’t open until Monday, April 22, and it runs through May 6.
Turkey hunters may harvest three gobblers during the season across the state with the exception of those eight counties where the combined season limit is one tom turkey.
Those eight counties include Atoka, Choctaw, Coal, Latimer, Le Flore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, Pushmataha.
In the spring, hunters are limited to shooting gobblers only, no hens.
According to the wildlife hunting regulations, hunters may take more than one tom turkey per day, up to the season limit of three toms. However, no more than one tom may be taken in any county with a one tom season limit and no more than two toms may be taken in any county with a two tom season limit.
The regulations state the following:
• The following counties have a season limit of one tom turkey: Adair, Beaver, Bryan, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Cimarron, Cleveland, Craig, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Kay, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Marshall, Mayes, McClain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Texas, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.
• The following counties have a season limit of two tom turkeys: Alfalfa, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Dewey, Ellis, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Kingfisher, Major, Roger Mills, Stephens, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward.
Shawnee’s annual Outdoor Camp for Shawnee Middle School seventh graders is scheduled for Friday, April 5. It will be held at the Kiwanis pavilion at Shawnee Twin Lakes.
Cattle producers wanting to increase their awareness about trends in the beef industry that promote profitability should register now to attend the March 26 Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit in McAlester.
"Tight profit-loss margins for most producers make it imperative they understand and employ the latest science-based information to make the best decisions possible for their operations," said Chris Rice, Pottawatomie County Extension, Ag Educator.
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The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. at McAlester's Southeast Expo Center, located at 4500 W. Highway 270, just off the Indian Nation Turnpike.
Cost is $10 per participant. Registration must be received no later than March 19. Registration forms are available at the Pottawatomie County OSU Extension Office, 14001 Acme Rd., Shawnee.
The summit - sponsored by Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in cooperation with the Oklahoma Beef Council - will feature a number of informative sessions, a trade show of products that cattle managers may find useful in their enterprises and an industry update by OBC officials.
David Cantrell, Pittsburg County Extension Director and Agricultural Educator, said participants will receive take-home copies of every PowerPoint presentation and information sheet.
"We ask everyone to pre-register as soon as possible because it greatly aids our planning and helps ensure we have sufficient numbers of sponsored meals, refreshments and take-home reference materials on hand," he said. "We're also going to be awarding door prizes."
Heather Buckmaster, OBC executive director, will provide the official welcome and set the stage for upcoming topic sessions from 8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Chris Richards, OSU Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist, will share insights about manage-ment of the cow to enhance calf health from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Megan Rolf, OSU Cooperative Extension animal geneticist, will share selection tips for replacement heifers from 9:50 .m. to 10:40 a.m.
Following a short break, Tom Brink - chief risk officer and vice president of JBS Five Rivers Cattle in Colorado - will speak from 11 a.m. to noon about what feedyards and packers look for and need in the cattle they buy.
The afternoon session will kick off from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with Grant Mourer, OSU Cooperative Extension beef cattle enhancement specialist, updating participants about Oklahoma Quality Beef Network opportunities, programs and successes.
Brian Freking will speak from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., showcasing new technologies in pregnancy detection and their potential effect on cow-calf herd management.
Derrell Peel, OSU Cooperative Extension livestock marketing specialist, will conclude the afternoon sessions with a 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. presentation and discussion that will focus on the most up-to-date analysis of beef cattle markets and what they could potentially mean for a producer's operational decisions.
The summit really is a great value in terms of insights, information and analysis, all at a rock bottom price; a conference of this type usually costs much more to attend," (your last name) said.
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Anyone seeking additional information about the March 26 Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit should contact the Pittsburg County Extension Office at 918-423-4120.
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