Spring turkey hunts offer outdoor opportunity starting Wednesday in Minnesota

A flock of turkeys, predominantly hens and jakes, gather to feed under a crabapple tree this past January just west of Alexandria. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Lakes are starting to open up around the Alexandria area, and the spring wild turkey hunting season opens in Minnesota on April 15.

These happenings will allow more people to get outside while being reminded that everyone should practice social distancing and not gather in groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The spring turkey hunting season in Minnesota will take place a little differently this spring. Firearm hunters were no longer required to enter a draw lottery in order to hunt during the opening seven-day seasons. The exception to that was in three wildlife management areas -- Mille Lacs, Carlos Avery and Whitewater -- where anyone wishing to hunt those in seasons A through C did have to apply through a lottery.

The move to more over-the-counter turkey tags allows for more flexibility for hunters.

Turkey season runs from April 15 to May 31 and is divided into six hunt periods, A through F. Firearms hunters 18 and older still have to choose their hunt period when they purchase a license. Firearms turkey hunters can participate in Hunt F from May 20-31 if they have an unused tag from one of the earlier hunt periods.


Those who choose to archery hunt for spring gobblers may hunt statewide for the entire season.


HUNT A - April 15-21; HUNT B - April 22-28; HUNT C - April 29-May 5; HUNT D - May 6-12; HUNT E - May 13-19; HUNT F - May 20-31


The Echo Press would love to write about your stories from the turkey woods this spring.

Send an email to Outdoor editor Eric Morken at Please list important details of the hunt such as when it was, what area of the state it took part in and who all participated. Any additional details of the hunt are welcome.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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