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Turkey Regulations

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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 Department-Managed Area Rules for rules about baiting on Department managed lands.

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

All hunters (including lifetime license holders) who harvest a turkey must immediately attach a field tag, securely to the carcass, with their name, customer ID number or lifetime license number, and date and time of harvest (lifetime license holders are exempt from listing date and time on the field tag).

A field tag can be any item, so long as the tag contains the required information. The information must remain attached to the carcass until it is checked. Evidence of sex (one leg with foot or beard) must remain with the carcass until the turkey is checked in. Beards on hens must remain intact and not removed from the turkey until the bird has reached its final destination.

Once checked, the animal will be issued a carcass tag or an online confirmation number. This tag or number must remain with the carcass to its final destination or through processing and/or storage at commercial processing or storage facilities.

Public Lands

Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons. Consult public hunting lands special regulations.

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.

Hunter Orange

For hunter orange requirements, see Big Game Regulations.

Fall Turkey

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 turkey combined (archery and gun)
  • Archery: Oct. 1 – Jan. 15, either-sex, statewide.
  • Gun: Nov. 2-22, see map below for restrictions.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Archery: Equipment described as legal for big game. See Big Game Regulations.
  • 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.

Spring Turkey

Turkeys taken anywhere statewide, fall or spring, must be checked in using E-Check at wildlifedepartment.com.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Archery: Equipment described as legal for big game. See Big Game Regulations.
  • 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.

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 (see Licenses & Permits) 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

  • April 4-5: statewide except in the Southeast Region.
  • April 18-19: Southeast Region only.

Season Limit

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

A turkey taken during the youth spring season counts toward the regular spring turkey season limit of three turkeys.

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

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 for each turkey hunted, unless exempt from either.
  • Nonresident: Nonresident hunting license & spring turkey license for each turkey hunted, unless exempt from either.

Dates & Open Areas

  • April 6 – May 6: statewide except in the Southeast Region.
  • April 20 – May 6: 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).