Beardless Turkey Permits available for Grant County private lands

By on Thursday, January 4th, 2024 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

GRANT COUNTY – New opportunities are available to Grant County turkey hunters this year, according to ODFW Assistant District Wildlife Biologist Ryan Platte. Each year, turkey populations within Grant County increase, and during the winter months the birds tend to flock by the hundreds in the lower elevations. This can cause significant resource damage for landowners, according to Platte.

He said as a method of population control, beginning January 1st, hunters can buy a Beardless Turkey Permit that allows the harvest of three birds:

“This year, we do have a new turkey permit. It’s called the Beardless Turkey Permit. Instead of buying one fall (season) tag for $26.50 and only shooting one bird, on this permit, it’s good for three beardless turkeys. We consider a beardless turkey as having no beard, or a beard up to one inch.”

Platte said the permits are only valid on private lands within the Murderer’s Creek, Northside, and Desolation hunting units, as well as the portion of the Heppner unit that is south of the John Day River.

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