2012 youth season dates

Question:

Who thought it was a good idea to open the 2012 youth turkey season on a Sunday and then the 2013 season on a Monday? I thought the idea was to give the youth there own time to hunt? How about being consistent and opening the season on the first Saturday in April?

Answer:

During the 2010 season-setting process there was a proposal brought forward to expand the youth turkey hunting season from two weekend days to one full week.  The Deparment proposed and the Commission approved of a seven day youth turkey season that immediately precedes the start of the general turkey season which starts on April 15.  As a result, the opening day for the youth season changes as a reflection of the now standard opening date of April 8.  Given that there are seven days for the season, there will always be at least two weekend days available for the youth turkey season.  Thank you for your comments on this issue.