Turkey Seasons & Regulations
North Carolina Hunting & Fishing
Wild Turkey Seasons
|Daily limit 1; Possession and season limit 2, only one of which may be taken during the youth season. |
Note: For information on permit hunts for select Game Lands, refer to the “Game Lands” section.
Youth Season (Male or Bearded Turkey Only)
|Apr. 6 – 12, 2019||Youth under the age of 18 may hunt turkey statewide during this season, but some Game Lands require a permit (see “Game Lands” section). Only youth can hunt during this season and only one weapon is allowed per youth hunter. Each youth must have a Big Game Harvest Report Card and report harvests according to instructions in this Digest. License-exempt youth should report their harvest using a Big Game Harvest Report Card for License-Exempt Hunters.|
Statewide Spring Season (Male or Bearded Turkey Only)
|Apr. 13 – May 11, 2019|
It is unlawful to:
- Use dogs during the spring wild turkey season.
- Use any type of handgun or rifle to hunt wild turkey.
- Take wild turkeys from an area in which bait has been placed. (An area is considered baited until 10 days after the bait has been consumed or otherwise removed.)
- Possess live wild turkeys or live birds that are indistinguishable from wild turkeys.