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Enter the JBLE Lottery for a Spring Turkey Hunt

March 6, 2024

Connor Merritt

Connor Merritt

For hunters looking for a great spring hunting opportunity, entries are now open for the Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) Spring Gobbler Lottery. This lottery-only turkey hunt promises a thrilling adventure for hunters of all levels, providing a chance to harvest a turkey amidst the picturesque landscapes of coastal Virginia.

Spring Turkey Hunt Lottery Details

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How to Enter the Spring Turkey Hunt

The JBLE Spring Gobbler Lottery is an opportunity for hunters to secure their spot in the upcoming turkey season. Entries are available throughout the entire month of March for only $25, providing hunters with ample time to enter for a chance to participate in this limited-access hunt. It’s a golden opportunity to embrace the challenge of turkey hunting — don’t miss out and enter today!

Lottery Drawing

The JBLE team will announce the lucky winners one week before the opening of the season, which starts on April 13, 2024. Winning tickets grant hunters two morning hunts from 0400 to 1200hrs; Hunters may bring a guest for calling or observation, but the guest cannot handle a firearm.

Spring gobbler hunting areas are assigned randomly based on iSportsman Portal-generated hunter order. Each hunter can choose two mornings at either the same or different locations.

Hunters can harvest one bearded turkey, concluding their season upon a successful harvest. Spring gobbler hunters must also visit the processing facility to provide required biological samples to the Wildlife Biologist.

If you have any questions concerning the JBLE Spring Lottery process, please contact the base’s Wildlife Biologist at 757-952-5204.

Benefits of Joining the Turkey Hunt Lottery:

  1. Managed Conservation: By participating in the lottery, hunters contribute to the sustainable management of the turkey population at JBLE. This ensures a healthy and thriving ecosystem for future generations of hunters.
  2. Exclusive Access: The lottery system guarantees an exclusive and controlled hunting environment. With limited access, hunters can enjoy a more peaceful pursuit of the elusive spring gobbler.
  3. Memorable Adventure: Winning the lottery means gaining entry to a carefully selected hunting area within JBLE, enhancing the chances of encountering and harvesting a trophy turkey.

General Spring Turkey Rules and Regulations

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Spring Turkey Hunt Bag Limit:

Hunters can take one bearded turkey per day during the spring season. The number of bearded turkeys that can be taken depends on the fall season harvest, ranging from one to three.

Season Dates:

April 13–28 statewide, from one-half hour before sunrise until 12 noon each day. From April 29–May 18, the statewide season extends from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Legal Methods and Restrictions:

Special firearm restrictions apply during this season.

Permitted methods include arrowguns, modern firearms, archery tackle, and muzzleloading firearms. Decoys and blinds are allowed, but electronic calls are prohibited. Hunters can use dogs only for tracking wounded or dead turkeys.

Hunters can use shotguns, but shot diameter must not exceed number 2 fine shot during spring turkey season.

Conclusion:

Don’t miss the chance to be part of the JBLE Spring Gobbler Lottery. With the lottery tickets available throughout March, hunters can secure their opportunity today to embark on an unforgettable turkey hunting experience during the spring season. Enter the lottery, and get ready for an adventure that awaits at JBLE.

If you’re not in the area but still want to participate in spring turkey hunting, check out some more great locations from across the country on iSportsmanUSA!

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