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Turkey Hunting Regulations

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General Information

Bag Limits

General

One per day, three per license year, no more than two of which may be taken in the fall.

Archery and Fall Firearms Season

One per day, either sex may be taken.

Spring Turkey Season

One per day, bearded turkeys only.

Checking Fall and Spring Turkeys

  • Wild turkeys killed in the fall (except those killed in January) must be checked at a Game Check Station, by telephone, or the Internet checking system.
  • Wild turkeys killed in January must be checked using the telephone or Internet checking system.
  • Wild turkeys killed in the spring gobbler season must be checked using the telephone or Internet checking system.

Archery Turkey Season

Season Dates

October 7 through November 10

Statewide except in areas where there is a closed firearm season on turkey.

Legal Methods and Restrictions for Archery Turkey Season

Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this season. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Tackle.

  • Archery tackle only.
  • Decoys and blinds may be used.
  • Broadhead widths must be at least 7/8-inch wide or expand upon impact to 7/8-inch.
  • It is unlawful to use dogs when hunting with archery tackle during the archery season.
  • It is unlawful to have a firearm in possession. (See exception for valid concealed handgun permit holders.)

Youth and Apprentice Fall Turkey Hunting Weekend

Season Dates

October 21 and 22

  • Statewide in counties, cities, and areas with a fall turkey season.
  • Resident and nonresident youth hunters 15 years of age and under or holders of a valid apprentice hunting license, when in compliance with all applicable laws and licenses, may hunt when accompanied and directly supervised by an adult over the age of 18 who has a valid Virginia hunting license or is exempt from purchasing a hunting license. Nonresident youth of any age need to have the appropriate licenses (unless exempt from purchasing a license).
  • Hunting hours are from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
  • Bag limit is one turkey (either sex) per youth/apprentice hunter, per weekend.
  • Turkeys harvested by youth or apprentice hunters count against their daily and season bag limit.
  • Adult hunters accompanying youth or apprentice turkey hunters:
    • do not need a deer/turkey license.
    • may assist with calling.
    • shall not carry or discharge a firearm.
    • shall maintain close visual and verbal contact with, provide adequate direction to, and can immediately assume control of the firearm.

Youth and Apprentice Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend

Season Dates

April 7 and 8

  • Statewide.
  • Resident and nonresident youth hunters 15 years of age and under or holders of a valid apprentice hunting license, when in compliance with all applicable laws and licenses, may hunt when accompanied and directly supervised by an adult over the age of 18 who has a valid Virginia hunting license or is exempt from purchasing a hunting license. Nonresident youth of any age need to have the appropriate licenses (unless exempt from purchasing a license).
  • Hunting hours are from 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Bag limit is one turkey (bearded bird only) per youth/apprentice hunter, per weekend.
  • Turkeys harvested by youth or apprentice hunters count against their daily and season bag limit.
  • Adult hunters accompanying youth or apprentice turkey hunters:
    • do not need a deer/turkey license on this weekend.
    • may assist with calling.
    • shall not carry or discharge a weapon.
    • shall maintain close visual and verbal contact with, provide adequate direction to, and can immediately assume control of the firearm.

Spring Turkey Season

Bag Limit

One per day, bearded turkeys only. Hunters may take one, two, or three bearded turkeys depending on how many turkeys were taken in the fall season.

Season Dates

April 14 through May 6

  • Statewide
  • One-half hour before sunrise until 12 noon each day.

May 7 through 19

  • Statewide
  • One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Legal Methods and Restrictions for Spring Firearms and Youth and Apprentice Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend

Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during these seasons. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Tackle.

  • Modern firearms.
  • Archery tackle.
  • Muzzleloading firearms.
  • Decoys and blinds may be used.
  • It is unlawful to use electronic calls.
  • It is unlawful to use dogs during spring turkey season.
  • When using a shotgun it is unlawful to use or have in possession any shot larger than number 2 fine shot during spring turkey season.

Fall Firearms Turkey Seasons

October 28 through
November 10 and November 23

In the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Greene, Highland, Madison, Orange, Page, Rockingham, and Warren.

October 28 through November 10, November 23, December 4 through 30, and January 13 through 27

In the counties of Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Carroll, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dickenson, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fairfax, Fauquier, Floyd, Fluvanna, Franklin, Frederick, Giles, Goochland, Grayson, Greensville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Henry, King and Queen, King William, Lee, Loudoun, Louisa, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Nelson, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince William, Pulaski, Rappahannock, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and on Camp Peary, and the cities of Hampton and Newport News.

Closed

In the county of Arlington and the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.

October 28 through
November 10, November 23, and December 4 through 16

In the counties of Accomack, Buchanan, Charles City, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, King George, Lancaster, Matthews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northampton, Northumberland, Prince George, Richmond, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, York (except on Camp Peary), and city of Suffolk.

Legal Methods and Restrictions for Fall Firearms Seasons and Youth and Apprentice Fall Turkey Hunting Weekend

Special restrictions apply to specific firearms use during this season. See Legal Use of Firearms and Archery Tackle.

  • Modern firearms.
  • Archery tackle.
  • Muzzleloading firearms.
  • Decoys and blinds may be used.
  • Dogs may be used.
  • Unlawful to use electronic calls.