Wildlife officials say turkey hunters in Hunt Area 3, which includes the counties of Sheridan, Johnson and Campbell, should have plenty of wild turkeys to pursue this spring because populations are generally in good shape.
Wildlife biologists in both Sheridan and Buffalo counties say the turkeys should be plentiful, but more so on private lands.
Wildlife biologist Dan Thiele of the Buffalo office said there will be a few turkeys found on various state and Bureau of Land Management lands, as well as in the Bighorn National Forest.
Biologist Erika Peckham of the Gillette office said Campbell County serves as a transition zone. She says there are some turkeys in the western part of the county, but as you progress to the eastern side of her county, closer to the Black Hills, turkey numbers are down from past years because of harsh winters.
According to information provided by the state wildlife office, the spring turkey hunting season opened in Hunt Area 3 on the first of the month and will close on May 20. Turkey hunters in Area 3 can purchase a general license, which limits a hunter to the take of one male wild turkey or any wild turkey with a visible beard. In addition to their general license, a turkey hunter can purchase up to two limited quota Type 3 licenses in this area.
The regulations can be found on the Game and Fish website at wgfd.wyo.gov. General and limited quota licenses are available online and at license-selling agents. Hunters purchasing online licenses should allow 10 days to receive the license by mail. License fees are $16 for residents and $72 for nonresidents. A conservation stamp that costs $12.50 is also required.