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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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Red, blue, or white colors with snood


Blue-gray, no snood

Dark, brown-black


Light, rusty brown

Long bristle/filament like beard


Usually no beard



Usually absent

Gobble, drum


Yelps, clucks, cuts

Strut with tail fan and wing drop


Do not strut

Larger than hen


1⁄2 to 2⁄3 size of gobbler

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