Turkey Seasons & Regulations

Hunting Regulations Icon North Carolina Hunting & Fishing

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.

Season Dates

Additional Information

Youth Season (Male or Bearded Turkey Only)

Apr. 4 – 10, 2020 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. 11 – May 9, 2020


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.