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Turkey

Hunting Regulations Icon Oklahoma Hunting

License Requirements

  • Resident: A 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: 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 Special Regulations: Public Fishing & Hunting Areas.

Tom Turkey Definition

Any bearded turkey, regardless of sex.

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.

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

Fall Turkey

Dates

  • Archery: Oct. 1, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017.
  • Gun: Oct. 29 – Nov. 18, 2016.

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.
  • 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

For hunter orange requirements, see E-Check, Deer Processors & Hunter Orange.

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 (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 1-2, 2017: statewide except in the Southeast Region.
  • April 15-16, 2017: Southeast Region only.

Public Lands

Seasons on public lands may vary from statewide seasons. Consult Special Regulations: Public Fishing & Hunting Areas.

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

Dates & Open Areas

  • April 6 – May 6, 2017, statewide, except in the Southeast Region (see map on Fall & Spring Turkey).
  • April 17 – May 6, 2017, 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.
  • 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 season.