According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,TPWD, hunters will see more young toms, also known as jakes, this hunting season. This is due to a great 2019 nesting season. This is the perfect opportunity for young hunters to bag their first bird. According to a press release by the TPWD, jakes are more forgiving as opposed to older toms.
"If the current green conditions hold and weather does not turn too hot too early, Texas can expect another year of turkey population growth," TPWD turkey program leader Jason Hardin said. "We currently have good soil moisture across much of Texas and just need a little more to keep us on track for another great year of recruitment."
Hardin also added that with low harvest rates, most Rio Grande turkey hunters can expect to see more 4 and 5 year old toms.
"There are not going to be a lot of 2-3 year old birds out there in the spring," Hardi said. "With the spring coming on strong, toms will pair wirth hens early in the season but as soon as those hens begin to initiate nesting activities around the middle of the season, the toms will turn on and readily come to calling."
Spring season started on March 14-15 with a youth-only weekend in the South Zone. General season runs through May 3 and culminates with a youth-only weekend May 9 - 10.
North Zone youth-only weekends are March 28 - 29 and again May 23 - 24. General season for the North Zone begins April 4 and runs through May 17. There will be a special one-gobbler limit season from April 1 - 30 in Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Milam and Wharton counties.