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Open season
(All Dates Inclusive)

Daily BAG limit

possession limit

season limit

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Turkey

Spring: Zones 1–13

Apr. 30 – May 26

See “Wild Turkey,” below.

Fall: Zones 1–9; 13

Oct. 29 – Nov. 3

Youth Hunt: Zones 1-13

April 28 (special restrictions apply**)

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

Wild Turkey

Permit required. Official safety sticker must be adhered to firearm in such a manner as to be visible when hunter is sighting down the barrel. If new or replacement sticker is needed, send self-addressed stamped envelope to DFW’s Field Headquarters 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 in the General Hunting Regulations.

Bag limit: (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 (.775 caliber for smoothbore muzzleloaders) and restricted to shot sizes #4–#6, or with bows 40 lbs. pull or greater. Electronic calls, dogs, bait, driving prohibited. Successful hunters must tag bird immediately and check/report the bird within 48 hours.

Differentiating hens (females) from Toms (males) during the spring hunting season: Up to 8% of female turkeys may have a beard and may be legally harvested. However, their loss reduces the reproductive potential of the turkey population. To avoid misidentification, use the following features to positively identify a gobbler from a hen.

 

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Gobbler

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

1⁄2 to 2⁄3 size of gobbler

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