To hunt wild turkey, a valid turkey hunting license and a valid game bird habitat stamp privilege are required.
Those that have a lifetime comprehensive hunting, lifetime comprehensive hunting and fishing, or resident youth hunt/trap license can hunt turkey and do not need to purchase the game bird habitat stamp because it is included with those license types.
A separate turkey hunting license is required when hunting during each turkey hunting season — one for the spring season and one for the fall season.
Game bird habitat stamp privileges are good for both spring and fall seasons in the same calendar year.
You can assist another hunter by calling only if you are licensed to hunt turkeys, regardless of whether or not you have harvested a turkey yourself.
Season and Bag Limits
Spring - The spring season is April 23 through May 11, 2014. The bag limit is one bearded or male turkey for the spring season. Spring turkey hunting is allowed statewide.
Fall - The bag and possession limit for the fall seasons is one bird of either sex, regardless of hunting equipment used or what portion of the season. Fall archery season is statewide. Fall firearm season has specific dates for specific counties (see below).
Youth age 17 years or younger can hunt wild turkeys during a special season on April 19 and 20, 2014. The youth hunter may use any legal shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow. The adult accompanying the youth hunter must be at least 18 years of age, must not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow while in the field, and must possess a turkey hunting license and game bird habitat stamp if participating in the hunt (i.e. calling turkeys) unless otherwise exempt from license requirements by state law (see General License Regulations). The youth hunter may take only one bearded or male wild turkey during spring, which includes both the youth and regular spring turkey seasons. The youth must be properly licensed to take a wild turkey and comply with all tagging and check-in requirements.
Turkeys can be hunted only with:
Wild turkeys may be hunted only from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. All Fish and Wildlife Areas, Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes have spring season hunting hours one-half hour before sunrise until noon for properties on CDT and until 1 p.m. for properties on EDT. Call the property for additional information.
Immediately upon killing a turkey, the hunter must complete a temporary transportation tag on paper stating the hunter’s full name, address, sex of the turkey, license number (if applicable), and the date the turkey was taken before transporting the turkey from the field.
The hunter must register the turkey at an official check station (see Check Stations) or online through the CheckIN Game system (www.CheckINgame.DNR.IN.gov or call 800-419-1326) within 48 hours of the kill.
If the turkey is taken to a check station, a permanent seal will be given and must be fixed to the leg of the turkey. If the turkey is registered online through the CheckIN Game system, a confirmation number will be generated and must be recorded on the temporary transportation tag.
For an online printable version of a temporary transportation tag, see www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/turkeytag.pdf.
Archery hunters must meet fluorescent (hunter) orange requirements while hunting turkeys Dec. 7 – 22, 2013 and from Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014. See hunter orange requirements on General Regulations.
While hunting wild turkey, it is illegal to use or possess: a dog; another domesticated animal; a live decoy; a recorded call; an electronically powered or controlled decoy; or bait. An area is considered baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait, but an area is not considered to be baited that is attractive to wild turkeys resulting from normal agricultural practices.
Fall Wild Turkey Sex and Age Determination
If no obvious leg spur:
If obvious leg spur, then bird is a male:
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.