Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Turkey Hunting Regulations
Mandatory Turkey Check Requirement
All harvested turkeys must be tagged immediately with a completed transportation tag. A turkey must be taken by the person who killed it, on the day killed, to the nearest turkey check station where personnel will issue a legal possession tag.
NOTE: During Youth Turkey Hunting Day, hunting periods A, B, C and the first three Saturdays of hunting period E, the turkey must be taken to the nearest check station by 3 p.m. During hunting period D and the last Saturday of hunting period E, the turkey must be taken to the nearest check station by 9 p.m. During the Fall Turkey Season, the turkey must be taken to the nearest check station by 7 p.m. In the event a turkey is killed too late to register at a check station, call the nearest Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Office and leave a message including your name, phone number, CID number and the Turkey Hunting Area where the bird was taken. The bird must be checkedw the next day. If it was butchered, bring all remaining parts (beard, head, legs, etc.) to the check station.
In the future turkey hunters will be able to report their deer via the Electronic License System. Once this is active, complete instructions will be available on Fish and Wildlife’s website at www.NJFishandWildlife.com and printed in the next hunting Digest. Subscribe to our email lists at www.NJFishandWildlife.com/lstsub.htm to be notified of Fish and Wildlife updates and events, including any changes to the harvest reporting system.
Turkey Season Dates and Hunting Hours
The 2016 fall turkey season will consist of one seven day hunting segment, N, (excluding Sunday) from Saturday, Oct. 29 through Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Fall hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.
Hunting hours for the spring season are one-half hour before sunrise until noon daily, except hunting hours for the last two weeks of the spring turkey season (including all of period D and the last Saturday of period E) are changed to one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. These expanded hunting hours during the last two weeks of the season allow opportunities for working and youth hunters.
Coyotes may be harvested incidentally while turkey hunting.
Spring Turkey Hunting Supplement Information
Printing a separate Spring Turkey Hunting Supplement booklet has been discontinued. All regulation and permit information are contained in this Digest.
Turkey Hunting Seminars
The latest turkey hunting techniques are presented at several turkey hunting seminars sponsored by Fish and Wildlife or wildlife conservation organizations. These seminars focus on how to set up, calling techniques and key safety information for turkey hunters. New turkey hunters are especially encouraged to join us at a seminar. Check your newspaper and our website for the seminars scheduled during March or April.
2017 Spring Gobbler Hunting Season Dates
Youth Turkey Hunting Day
(10–16 years of age)
Hunting Period Y
Sat., April 22
Hunting Period A
Mon., April 24–Fri., April 28
Hunting Period B
Mon., May 1–Fri., May 5
Hunting Period C
Mon., May 8– Fri., May 12
Hunting Period D
Mon., May 15– Fri., May 19; Mon., May 22–Fri., May 26
Hunting Period E
All Saturdays, April 29, May 6, May 13 and May 20
Youth Turkey Hunt Day April 22, 2017
If no turkey is harvested on this youth hunt day, Period Y permits may be used by the youth hunter in the designated zone for the balance of the season until a bird is harvested.
All youth turkey hunters 10 to 16 years of age must possess a valid spring turkey hunting permit in addition to their youth hunting license.
Youth hunters must be accompanied by a properly licensed, non-hunting adult age 21 or older who may not shoot on this youth day.
This season is considered an extension of the regular season permit held by the youth.
If youth hunter harvests a turkey on this youth hunting day, the “Y” Period permit is no longer valid for future hunting.
Non-hunting adults accompanying youth turkey hunters need only have in possession a valid hunting license. Turkey hunting is by permit only. Spring and fall turkey hunting is by permit only.
Fall / Spring Turkey Check Stations
Butterhof’s Farm & Home Supply,
5715 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City(609) 965-1198
Ted’s Taxidermy, 713 Rt. 40, Buena(856) 697-8585
Mighty Joe’s Texaco, 1231 Rt. 206 S., Shamong(609) 268-0303
Pine Barrens Stove and Sport Shop,
Rt. 72, Chatsworth(609) 726-1550
Sportsman’s Center, Rt. 130, Bordentown(609) 298-5300
Atco Sports Center, 177 Atco Ave., Atco(856) 767-9446 Banger’s Sport Shop,
840 Piney Hollow Rd., Winslow(609) 561-1717
Belle Plain Supply,
346 Handisville Ave., Belle Plain(609) 861-2345
212 South Rt. 47, Cape May C.H.(609) 465-4949
Beaver Dam Boat Rentals,
514 Old Beaver Dam Rd, Newport(856) 447-3633
Blackwater Sports Center,
2228 Delsea Dr., Vineland(856) 691-1571
Fries Mill Rd., Williamstown(856) 881-3244
The Bottle Barn, 65 West Broad St., Gibbstown(856) 423-3608
Boan’s Marine, 1296 Rt. 179, Lambertville(609) 397-3311
The Corner Store, Rt. 12 and Rt. 519, Baptistown(908) 996-7648
Carousel Deli And Bakery,
Rt. 179 and Wertsville Rd., Ringoes(908) 788-5180
Jugtown Mountain Campsites,
1074 Rt. 173 East, Asbury(908) 735-5995
52 Washington Ave., Sayreville(732) 238-2060
Ken’s Taxidermy, 389 Rt. 79, Morganville(908) 670-9497
Clarksburg Inn, 465 Stagecoach Rd., Clarksburg(609) 259-2558
Cream Ridge Sports Shop,
445 Rt. 539, Cream Ridge(609) 758-0616
L&H Woods and Water, 2045 Rt. 35, Wall(732) 282-1812
Mount Hope Deli, 662 Mount Hope Ave., Wharton(973) 328-7259
Tips Hardware, 218 Main Street, West Creek(609) 296-3192
Tackle and Field, 81 Ringwood Ave., Wanaque(973) 835-2966
Greenwood Lake Sports Center,
1745 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt(973) 728-1000
Salem Boat Exchange,
1163 South Broadway, Pennsville(856) 935-2515
Sam’s Super Service, 290 Rt. 40, Elmer(856) 358-3488
Puskas Dairy Farm,
170 South Middlebush Rd. Somerset(732) 690-0380
Garden State Bow & Reel,
2760A Rt. 23N, Stockholm(973) 697-3727
Hainesville General Store,
283 Rt. 206 South Hainesville(973) 948-4280
Mountain Mike’s Sport Shop,
7 Old Rudetown Rd., McAfee(973) 827-6527
Mountain View Country Store,
300 Rt. 519, Wantage(973) 875-6000
Simon-Peter Bait And Tackle,
Rt. 206 And Brighton Rd., Newton(973) 786-5313
911 Newton-Swartswood Rd., Stillwater(973) 383-5470
Alpine Meats, Rt. 94 N., Blairstown(908) 362-8568
Hi-Way Sport Shop,
Box 253, Rt. 31 North, Washington(908) 689-6208
Smitty’s Liquor & Deli, 89 Rt. 46, Delaware(908) 475-5933
The Owl’s Nest, 97 Rt. 519, Warren Glen(908) 995-7903
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.