The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is predicting a robust turkey season in the spring of 2024 thanks to mild winter weather and prolific greenery.

“Most of Texas experienced a bump in production and recruitment in 2023 following fall 2022, which had lots of acorns across central and east Texas, and early green up coupled with warm late winter conditions across most of the Rio Grande wild turkey range,” explained a TPWD media release. “Hunters can expect to see many young birds this spring, with a large number of jakes setting the stage for an increase in male harvest in 2025 and beyond.”

The Highland Lakes region lies within the North Zone for Rio Grande turkey hunting in Texas, and that season runs March 30 through May 12. Each hunter can bag four turkeys total for the year. You’ll need a valid Texas hunting license with an upland game bird endorsement to do things the legal and right way.

This area, especially Llano County, is known for its phenomenal deer season, which can outshine other hunting opportunities, but a shot at a good turkey hunt shouldn’t be passed up.

Most of the hunting in the Highland Lakes will take place on private property.

Visit the Llano Chamber of Commerce for more information on local hunting ranches that might be open to taking in a few turkey hunters.

dakota@thepicayune.com