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License Requirements

In addition, all hunters must possess a turkey license for each bird to be hunted, unless otherwise exempt.

  • Nonresident: A nonresident hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) or proof of exemption. In addition, all hunters must possess a turkey license for each bird to be hunted, unless otherwise exempt. Nonresident lifetime license holders are required to purchase a nonresident annual hunting license and turkey license(s). The nonresident 5-day hunting license is not valid for hunting turkey.
  • Jan. 1 – 15: All fall archery turkey hunters must possess a current hunting license as well as a fall turkey license for the current calendar year, unless exempt. Annual hunting and turkey licenses are valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 only, while fiscal-year hunting licenses are valid July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

Public Lands

Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons. Consult List of Public Lands section.

Tom Turkey Definition

Any bearded turkey, regardless of sex.

Identification

Evidence of sex (one leg with foot) must remain on the bird until it has reached its final destination.

Beards on hens must remain intact and not removed from the turkey until the bird has reached its final destination.

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset.

Roost Shooting

Roost shooting is prohibited.

Decoys & Recorded Calls

Artificial decoys are permitted. Live decoys and recorded calls are prohibited. It is illegal to use a smartphone as an electronic call during turkey season.

Field Tagging & Checking

For field tagging and checking requirements for turkey, Field Tagging & Checking.

Baiting

Turkeys may not be hunted or taken within 100 yards of any bait. Baiting is the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing or scattering of shelled, shucked or unshucked corn, wheat or other grain or other feed so as to constitute for such birds a lure, attraction or enticement, on or over any area where hunters are attempting to take them. The taking of turkey over standing crops, grain crops, properly shucked on the field where grown or grain found scattered solely as the result of normal agricultural operations is permitted. See Baiting on Wildlife Management Areas and Department-Managed Area Rules for rules on baiting on Dept.-managed lands.

Fall Turkey

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Dates

  • Archery: Oct. 1, 2012 – Jan. 15, 2013.
  • Gun: Nov. 3 – 16, 2012.

Open Areas & Limits

  • Fall Season Limit: One turkey, regardless of method of taking.
  • Archery: The limit is one turkey of either-sex, statewide.
  • Gun – The following counties have a limit of one tom turkey: Alfalfa, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cimarron, Cotton, Creek, Custer, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Hughes, Jefferson, Kay, Kiowa, Love, Murray, Noble, Okfuskee, Pawnee, Seminole, Stephens, Texas and Washita.
  • Gun – The following counties have a limit of one turkey of either-sex: Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Comanche, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Jackson, Kingfisher, Logan, Major, Osage, Payne, Roger Mills, Tillman, Woods and Woodward.
  • Gun – The following counties are open to shotgun hunting only and have a limit of one tom turkey: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Haskell, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Sequoyah, Wagoner and Washington.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Archery: Equipment described as legal for deer archery season. See Deer Regulations .
  • Rifle: Centerfire rifles, .22 magnum rimfire, 5mm magnum rimfire and .17 HMR are legal. All other rimfire rifles are illegal.
  • Muzzleloader: Muzzleloader rifles and handguns of .36 caliber or larger are legal.
  • Shotgun: Conventional or muzzleloading, using shot no larger than BB (.180 in. dia.) are legal.
  • Handgun: Centerfire, .22 magnum rimfire, 5mm magnum rimfire and .17 HMR are legal. All other rimfire handguns are illegal.
  • Concurrent Seasons: Conventional handguns and rifles and muzzleloaders smaller than .40 caliber are not permitted for turkey hunting during the two-day period when fall turkey season and deer muzzleloader season overlap.

Hunter Orange

For hunter orange requirements, see General Hunting Regulations.

Youth Spring Turkey

Age Requirements

Youth under 18 years of age. All youth while hunting are required to be accompanied by an adult, 18 years old or older. The adult may not hunt or possess any archery equipment or firearms except under provisions of the Oklahoma Self Defense Act and Oklahoma Firearms Act.

License Requirements

  • Resident youth under 16 years of age: Exempt from a hunting license, but must possess a turkey license or proof of exemption.
  • Resident youth 16 and 17 years old: Must possess a hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) and a turkey license or proof of exemption.
  • Nonresident youth under 14 years of age: Exempt from a hunting license, but must possess a turkey license or proof of exemption.
  • Nonresident youth 14 – 17 years old: Must possess a nonresident annual hunting license and a turkey license for each bird to be hunted unless otherwise exempt.
  • Nonresident lifetime license holders: Must purchase a nonresident annual hunting license and turkey license(s).

The nonresident 5-day hunting license is not valid for hunting turkey.

Dates & Open Areas

  • March 30 – 31, 2013: statewide except in the Southeast Region.
  • April 20 – 21, 2013: Southeast Region only.

Public Lands

Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons. Consult List of Public Lands section .

Season Limit

The limit for both youth seasons combined is one tom turkey.

Turkeys taken by youth turkey hunters participating in the spring youth turkey season are included in the youth hunters’ county and regular spring season limits.

Unfilled Spring Turkey License

Youth hunters who do not harvest a turkey during the spring youth turkey season may use their unfilled turkey license during the regular spring turkey season.

Spring Turkey

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Dates & Open Areas

  • April 6 - May 6, 2013, statewide, except in the Southeast Region.
  • April 22 – May 6, 2013 in the Southeast Region only.

Season Limit

The season limit is three tom turkeys. Hunters may take more than one tom turkey per day, up to the season limit of three toms. However, no more than one tom may be taken in any county with a one tom season limit and no more than two toms may be taken in any county with a two tom season limit. No more than one tom may be taken from the combined eight counties in the Southeast Region (Atoka, Choctaw, Coal, Latimer, Le Flore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, Pushmataha).

County Limits

  • The Southeast Region (the following eight counties) have a combined season limit of one tom turkey: Atoka, Choctaw, Coal, Latimer, Le Flore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, Pushmataha.
  • The following counties have a season limit of one tom turkey: Adair, Beaver, Bryan, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Cimarron, Cleveland, Craig, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Kay, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Marshall, Mayes, McClain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Texas, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.
  • The following counties have a season limit of two tom turkeys: Alfalfa, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Dewey, Ellis, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Kingfisher, Major, Roger Mills, Stephens, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Archery: Equipment described as legal for deer archery season. See Deer Regulations .
  • Shotgun: Conventional or muzzleloading, using shot no larger than BB (.180 in. dia.) are legal.
  • Illegal Firearms: Rifles and handguns may not be used during the spring season.

Seasons and limits on public lands may vary. Consult the List of Public Lands section .

 

Turkeys taken west of I-35 will not be checked.

Turkeys taken east of I-35 must be checked in online at wildlifedepartment.com, at the nearest open hunter check station or with an authorized Department employee within 24 hours of leaving the hunt site.

 

 

 

 

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