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Turkey Hunting Seasons

Hunting Regulations Icon Oklahoma Hunting

 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.

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 Identification

Evidence of sex (one leg with foot) or beard must remain on the bird until it has been checked. Beards on hens must remain intact and not removed from the turkey until the bird has reached its final destination.

Public Lands

Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons.

Roost Shooting

Roost shooting is prohibited.

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset.

Tom Turkey Definition

Any bearded turkey, regardless of sex.

FALL TURKEY (2017)

License Requirements

  • Resident: Resident hunting license & fall turkey license, unless exempt from either.
  • Nonresident: Nonresident hunting license & fall turkey license, unless exempt from either.

Jan. 1-15: Must possess hunting license & fall turkey license for current calendar year. Unfilled fall turkey license (Jan. 1-15) may be used the following fall season.

Season Dates & Limits

  • One (archery or gun)
  • Archery: Oct. 1, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2018, either-sex, statewide.
  • Gun: Nov. 4-17, 2017, see map below for restrictions.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Archery: Equipment described as legal for big game.
  • Rifle: Centerfire rifles, .22 Magnum rimfire, 5 mm Magnum rimfire, .17 HMR and .17 Winchester Super Magnum 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 of an inch in diameter) are legal.
  • Handgun: Centerfire, .22 Magnum rimfire, 5 mm 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

Must conspicuously wear either an outer garment above the waistline or head covering (on both public and private lands) during the following dates:

  • Oct. 20-22, 2017
  • Oct. 28 – Nov. 5, 2017
  • Nov. 18 – Dec. 3, 2017
  • Dec. 22-31, 2017
  • Dec. 14-17, 2017 & Jan. 1-15, 2018 (Caddo, Comanche and Kiowa Counties only)
  • Dec. 2 – Jan. 15 (Cimarron Country and the portion of Texas County west of State Highway 136 only)

SPRING TURKEY (2018)

Legal Means of Taking

  • Archery: Equipment described as legal for big game.
  • Shotgun: Conventional or muzzleloading, using shot no larger than BB (.180 of an inch in diameter) are legal.
  • Illegal Firearms: Rifles and handguns may not be used during the spring seasons.

Youth Spring Turkey

Age Requirements

Open to youths younger than 18. All youths 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 youths under 16 years of age: Exempt from a hunting license, but must possess a turkey license or proof of exemption.
  • Resident youths 16 and 17 years old: Must possess a hunting license and a turkey license or proof of exemption.
  • Nonresident youths under 14 years of age: Exempt from a hunting license, but must possess a turkey license or proof of exemption.
  • Nonresident youths 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

  • Mar. 31 – April 1, 2018: statewide except in the Southeast Region.
  • April 21-22, 2018: Southeast Region only.

Season Limit

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

Turkeys taken by a youth turkey hunter participating in the spring youth turkey season are included in the youth hunter’s 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

License Requirements

  • Resident: Resident hunting license & spring turkey license, unless exempt from either.
  • Nonresident: Nonresident hunting license & spring turkey license, unless exempt from either.

Dates & Open Areas

  • April 6 – May 6, 2018: statewide except in the Southeast Region.
  • April 23 – May 6, 2018: Southeast Region only.

Season Limit

  • Three (3) tom turkeys; harvest of non-bearded turkeys is prohibited.

A hunter cannot exceed any county limit while pursuing season limit (see map below).