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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Wild Turkey

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Open season
(All Dates Inclusive)

Daily BAG limit

possession limit

season limit

Wild Turkey

Spring: Zones 1–13

Apr. 28 – May 24

See “Wild Turkey,” below.

Fall: Zones 1–13

Oct. 20 – Nov. 1

Youth Hunt: Zones 1-13

April 26 (special restrictions apply**)

** Must have completed the youth turkey hunt program (Outdoor Skills & Wildlife Education Programs).

Wild Turkey

Permit required. Official green safety sticker must be adhered to firearm such that it is visible to the hunter when sighting down the barrel (typically placed on the tang). If new or replacement sticker is needed, send self-addressed stamped envelope to any DFW office. Spring hunting hours: ½ hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon. Fall hunting hours: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset except as noted in WMA Reg. #10 (Wildlife Management Area Regulations).

Bag Limit: Annual limit of 2 wild turkeys total, only one turkey may be harvested per day; EITHER (a) 2 bearded birds in spring season (1 per day) with NO fall bird allowed, OR (b) 1 bearded bird in spring season, and 1 bird of either sex in fall season. No hunter may take 2 birds in the fall season. Hunting only with shotguns no larger than 10 gauge or .775 caliber smoothbore muzzleloading shotguns using #4-#7 size shot, and with archery equipment (see ARCHERY, General Hunting Regulations). Use of electronic calls, dogs, bait, and driving turkeys is prohibited. Successful hunters must fill out tag attached to permit and immediately (prior to moving) attach it to turkey, and must check/report their harvest within 48 hours by EITHER 1) reporting online and writing the assigned confirmation number on tag attached to turkey (see Massachusetts Gun Laws for details), or 2) bringing the turkey to an official check station.

Differences Between hens (females) and Toms (males) during the spring hunting season: A small proportion of female turkeys may have a beard and therefore can be legally harvested. However, their loss reduces the reproductive potential of the turkey population. To avoid misidentification, use the following features to accurately identify a tom from a hen.

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Tom

Feature

Hen

Red, blue, or white colors with snood

Head

Blue-gray, no snood

Dark, brown-black

Body

Light, rusty brown

Long bristle/filament like beard

Beard

Usually no beard

Present

Spurs

Usually absent

Gobble, drum

Calls

Yelps, clucks, cuts

Strut with tail fan and wing drop

Strut

Do not strut

Larger than hen

Size

12 to 23 size of gobbler

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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