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Hunting

Turkey Hunting Seasons & Limits

Turkey-Fall

Bag Limits

Four (4) birds total, either sex:

  • No more than two (2) of which may be taken with a shotgun.
  • No more than one (1) bird may have a beard length of three (3) inches or longer.
  • No more than one (1) bird may be taken per day.

License and permit needed:

Younger than 12:

  • License and permit exempt

Youth 12-15:

  • Annual youth hunting license*
  • Youth turkey permit*

*Included in Youth Sportsman's License

Ages 16 and older:

  • Annual hunting license**
  • Fall Turkey Permit**

**Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

Archery

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Sep 4 2021 - Jan 17 2022

Either Sex

Crossbow

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Oct 1 2021 - Oct 17 2021

Either Sex

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Nov 13 2021 - Dec 31 2021

Either Sex

Shotgun

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Oct 23 2021 - Oct 29 2021

Either Sex

Upcoming Season

Location: statewide

Season Dates: Dec 4 2021 - Dec 10 2021

Either Sex

Turkey-Spring

Bag Limits

A hunter may take a male turkey or a turkey with a visible beard. No more than one (1) bird may be taken per day. No more than two (2) birds may be taken per spring season. Any combination of male turkeys, or female turkeys with visible beards, may be included in this two-bird season limit. Turkeys taken by youth during the youth-only season count toward the spring turkey bag limit.

License and permit needed:

Younger than 12

  • License and permit exempt

Youth 12-15

  • Annual youth hunting license*
  • Youth turkey permit*

*Included in Youth Sportsman's License

Ages 16 and older

  • Annual hunting license**
  • Spring Turkey Permit**

**Included in Sportsman's and Disability/Senior License

Shotgun Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Apr 17 2021 - May 9 2021

Either Sex (must have visible beard)

During this season, hunters may use modern shotguns, muzzleloading shotguns, archery equipment or crossbows. Baiting is prohibited.

Youth-Only

Upcoming Season

Location: Statewide

Season Dates: Apr 3 2021 - Apr 4 2021

Either Sex (must have visible beard)

During this season, hunters may use modern shotguns, muzzleloading shotguns, archery equipment or crossbows. Baiting is prohibited.