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Turkey Seasons & Bag Limits

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Turkey (gobblers and bearded turkeys only)

Fall seasons

Zone A

  • Archery season: Aug. 3 – Sept. 1
  • Crossbow season: Aug. 3 – Sept. 6
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Sept. 7–20
  • Fall turkey season: Oct. 7–20, Nov. 23 – Jan. 5 2

Zone B

  • Archery season: Oct. 19 – Nov. 17
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 19 – Nov. 22
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Nov. 23 – Dec. 6
  • Fall turkey season: Dec. 7 – Feb. 2 2

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept. 14 – Oct. 13
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 14 – Oct. 18
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Oct. 19 – Nov. 1
  • Fall turkey season: Nov. 2 – Dec. 29 2

Zone D (except in Holmes County, where there is no fall harvest of turkeys allowed)

  • Archery season: Oct. 26 – Nov. 27
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 26 – Nov. 27, Dec. 2–6
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Dec. 7–13
  • Fall turkey season: Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, Dec. 14 – Jan. 19 2

Daily bag limit: 2 turkeys

Season and possession limit: 2 for all fall seasons combined

Spring seasons 2

North of State Road 70

  • Youth turkey hunt weekend: March 14–15 3
  • Spring turkey season: March 21 – April 26

South of State Road 70

  • Youth turkey hunt weekend: Feb. 29 – March 1 3
  • Spring turkey season: March 7 – April 12

Daily bag limit: 2 turkeys

Season and possession limit: 2 for all spring seasons

In Holmes County, the daily bag and season limit is 1.

Gray Squirrel

Statewide Oct. 12 – March 1

Daily bag limit: 12

Possession limit: 24

Quail

Statewide Nov. 9 – March 1

Daily bag limit: 12

Possession limit: 24

Rifles, shotguns, pistols, muzzleloaders, air guns, crossbows and bows may be used. Gray squirrel and quail also may be taken during archery, crossbow and muzzleloading gun seasons using the respective methods of take allowed during those seasons.

Bobcat

Statewide Dec. 1 – March 31

Otter

Statewide Dec. 1 – March 1

Bobcats and otters may be taken by rifle, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloader, air gun, crossbow or bow.

Bag limits: No limit on bobcats and otters

Rabbits, wild hogs, raccoons, opossums, skunks, nutrias, beavers and coyotes

may be taken year round by rifle, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloader, air gun, crossbow or bow.

Daily bag limits: 12 rabbits. No limits on other species.

Possession limits: 24 rabbits. No limits on other species.

Archery season — Only bows may be used.

Crossbow season — Only crossbows and bows may be used.

Muzzleloading gun season — Only muzzleloaders fired by wheel lock, flintlock, percussion cap or centerfire primer (including 209 primers) and crossbows and bows may be used. Firearms that can be loaded from the breech are not legal during muzzleloading gun season.

General gun season — Centerfire rifles, shotguns, centerfire pistols, muzzleloaders, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, crossbows and bows may be used.

1 Youth deer hunt weekend – Youth 15-years-old and younger can harvest any deer except spotted fawn, but youth must be supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. Youth may use any legal method of take (including dogs) for deer, with a limit of 1 deer for the weekend that counts towards the youth’s annual statewide bag limit. This weekend does not apply to wildlife management areas.

2 Fall and spring turkey seasons – Shotguns, rifles, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, pistols, muzzleloaders, crossbows or bows may be used.

3 Youth turkey hunt weekend – Youth 15-years-old and younger can harvest turkey, but youth must be supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. However, adult supervisors with a hunting license and turkey permit can “call in” the turkey and otherwise participate in the hunt, but they cannot shoot or shoot at turkey.