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Turkey Hunting

What do I need to hunt Turkey in NJ?


Hunting License

Turkey Permit

Non-electronic Calling Device*

Hunter Orange

Report Harvest





Not Required






Not Required


Firearms, Bows and Ammunition Legal for Turkey Hunting

Weapon Type

Gauge, Caliber or Draw Weight


Weapon Transportation

Bow: long, recurve, compound or crossbow.

35 pounds pull at archer’s draw length (long and recurve bows) or peak weight (compound bow) or 75 pounds minimum draw weight (crossbow)

Arrows must be fitted with a well- sharpened metal broadhead with a minimum width of ¾"

All bows MUST be unnocked or uncocked

Shotgun: single or double barrel

Not smaller than 20 gauge and not larger than 10 gauge, capable of holding no more than three shells

No shot larger than #4 fine shot or smaller than #7 1/2 fine shot

Shotgun MUST be cased and unloaded while in or on a vehicle, including ATVs and UTVs

Turkey Hunting Seasons 2023–24

There is NO Sunday hunting for turkey. See General Hunting Regulations.

Season/ Period

Season Dates

Hunting Hours

Bag Limit


2023 Fall, Either Sex Turkey Season

Period N

Oct. 28 and Oct. 30–Nov. 4, 2023

½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

1 turkey (either sex) per permit

Only one turkey may be taken per day regardless of the number of permits held.

Report Harvest by 7 p.m. on the day of harvest.

Chasing or driving turkeys to put them in range of hunters is prohibited, though flocks may be rushed for the purpose of scattering during the fall season only.

Dogs allowed during the fall only.

See additional regulations below.*

2024 Spring Gobbler Season

Youth Turkey Hunting Day

(ages 10–16)

April 20, 2024

½ hour before sunrise to noon

1 male turkey per permit

(No bearded hens)

Only one turkey may be taken per day regardless of the number of permits held.

Report Harvest by 3 p.m. on the day of harvest.

On Youth Turkey Hunting Day, the youth hunter (aged 10–16) must be under the direct supervision of a properly-licensed, non-hunting adult (21 or older).

For the remainder of the turkey season, a youth hunter aged 10–13 must be under the direct supervision of a properly-licensed adult (21 or older).

Period Y permit is valid throughout the Spring Gobbler Season in the designated Turkey Hunting Area until a male turkey is harvested.

Chasing or driving turkeys to put them in range of hunters is prohibited.

Calling or stand-hunting only.

See additional regulations below.*

Period Y

(ages 10–16)

Apr. 20–May 12, 2024

½ hour before sunrise to noon

1 male turkey per permit

(No bearded hens)

Only one turkey may be taken per day regardless of the number of permits held.

Report Harvest by 3 p.m. on the day of harvest; beginning May 13 by 9 p.m. on the day of harvest.

May 13–May 24, 2024

½ hour before sunrise to sunset

Period A (M–F)

Apr. 22–26, 2024

½ hour before sunrise to noon

Period B (M–F)

Apr. 29–May 3, 2024

Period C (M–F)

May 6–10, 2024

Period D (M–F)

May 13–17 and May 20–24, 2024

½ hour before sunrise to sunset

Period E (Saturdays)

Apr. 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2024

½ hour before sunrise to noon

On May 18 only: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset

Youth Turkey Hunt Day

April 20, 2024

(See Take a Kid Hunting for information)

Stalking Turkeys is Illegal

Use of a hand-held decoy or a turkey tail-on-a-stick as camouflage to sneak up on a turkey, including practices known as fanning and reaping, is prohibited. In New Jersey, stalking of wild turkeys is illegal, both for personal safety and ethical reasons.

Turkey Hunting Seminars

The latest turkey hunting techniques are presented at several turkey hunting seminars sponsored by NJ Fish & Wildlife or wildlife conservation organizations. These seminars focus on how to set up, calling techniques and key safety information for turkey hunters. New turkey hunters are especially encouraged to join us at a seminar. Check our website for seminars scheduled during March or April.

Turkey Permits

A valid NJ hunting license and turkey permit is required to hunt turkey. Both are available online at or at license agents. (Use this license agent locator at Turkey permits are specific to the season (fall or spring), hunting period and Turkey Hunting Area (THA). See the turkey regulation chart above for season and timeframes.

Fall 2023 Turkey Permits

Fall turkey permits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2023. There is no lottery for fall turkey permits. Permits for specific areas (THAs) are available until the permit quota is reached or the season ends.

Spring 2024 Turkey Permits

Spring turkey permits are initially allocated by two separate lotteries, Lottery 1 and Lottery 2. Hunters who apply for permits in a lottery have a much greater chance of receiving their desired area and period choices than hunters who wait for over-the-counter sales of leftover permits. A non-refundable $2 application fee is charged for each lottery application. The following are the important deadlines and dates for the Spring Turkey Lottery, Award Pickup, and Over the Counter Sales of Leftover and unclaimed licenses.

  • Application Period: January 25–February 22.
  • Award notifications: Begin when the lottery is held, on or before February 26.
  • Permit pickup: begins February 26. All permits awarded in the lottery must be claimed by 11:59 p.m. on March 20, 2024. Unclaimed awarded permits will be redistributed during over-the-counter sales. Application fee(s) will not be refunded for unclaimed permits.
  • Over-the-counter sale of leftover permits: 10 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2024 until permits sell out or the season ends, whichever occurs first.

Application Process

Apply at a license agent or online. Have your Conservation ID number (CID) available. Hunters may file only one application which allows for up to two permits, one from each part of the spring turkey lottery. Hunters have the option to enter up to three choices for each part, Lottery 1 and Lottery 2. If you will accept a permit only for one particular hunting area and period, then complete only a first-choice selection. Entering a second or third choice is optional and may be left blank.

Carefully consider your area/period requests for each lottery! If you request the same turkey hunting area and period in Lottery 1 and Lottery 2, you might receive two permits for the identical area and period combination. Any choice entered for Lottery 2 should be different than your choice(s) for Lottery 1 to prevent receiving two permits for the exact same area/hunting period. Permits will not be exchanged if you receive the permits requested on your application.

There is no requirement to select a second or third choice; these are optional. When an applicant’s first choice cannot be filled, the computer will check for the second choice listed. If this selection is also sold out, the computer will check for a third choice listed. Lottery 1 and Lottery 2 are completely random and each lottery awards only ONE permit — not three. Your chance of winning a permit in the lottery depends on the number of applicants and the permit quota (number available) which is displayed on our website.

Hunters who win a permit in both lotteries MUST claim BOTH awarded permits.

Permit Application via the Internet—Before You Start, Have Ready Your:

  • Conservation ID number (CID).
  • Hunting area number with season time period.
  • Payment as credit card or e-check with checkbook and bank routing number.

Enter information carefully. Each step allows for making corrections. Once a transaction is complete, there will be NO refunds or exchanges.

Permit applicants will have the opportunity to edit their application at any time during the permit application period. Remember, entering a second and third choice is NOT required; those may be left blank if a hunter will only accept a permit for one specific turkey hunting area and period.

Applicants are responsible to make their application choices carefully. When the process is complete, print the confirmation page or note the transaction number for your records.

Permit Application at License Agent Locations—Know Before You Go

  • Know your Conservation ID number (CID#) or Social Security Number and date of birth (DOB).
  • Know your desired time period and hunting area. The store proprietor or clerk is not responsible to know the hunting area for your hunting property. Be sure to review the map and hunting area descriptions at home before you arrive at the license agent. See for interactive hunting area maps.
  • To speed your transaction, write down your information (CID, DOB, first, second and third choices) and hand it to the license agent.
  • NOTE: Agents are not able to print a receipt. It's important to have the clerk orally verify your application choices and to provide your transaction number. Keep this transaction number; it can be helpful should a problem occur with your application.
  • Types of payments accepted vary between license agents. Learn this in advance, then have the correct payment ready when you arrive.

Lottery 1

  • Selects applicants from the spring season Lottery 1.
  • All youth applicants aged 10 to 15 (16 for those still eligible to hunt using their Youth License) are guaranteed to receive their first-choice permit request in the first lottery for the spring Period Y season. Youth permits are not counted among the permit season quotas. Period Y Permits are also available during the over-the-counter sales period.
  • Hunters possessing a Permit to Shoot from a Standing Vehicle are guaranteed one Lottery 1 permit for spring Turkey Season only. Any additional permit purchased is taken from the available permit quota and is not guaranteed.

Lottery 2

  • Assigns unissued Lottery 1 permits (leftover) to applicants who applied for a permit in the Lottery 2.
  • Youth permit requests for Lottery 2 are not guaranteed. A youth’s second permit (or more) is valid only for the one designated hunting period A, B, C, D or E.

Lottery Results

Applicants will be notified of their results. Those who select email notification are reminded to set your junk/spam folder to accept this notification. IMPORTANT: the notification may fail to arrive due to email issues (email filters, data storage capacity) or postcard delivery delays. It is the customer's responsibility to know the deadlines and check their profile or contact NJ Fish & Wildlife if they are unsure of their award status.

Claiming Your Lottery Permit

Lottery permit winners may claim their permit(s) at any license agent or online. See the lottery permit claim dates callout box below, right for spring turkey permits. At the time of application, the hunter paid only the non-refundable $2 application fee; the balance of the actual permit fee must still be paid. Internet-claimed permits are subject to an additional convenience fee.

Purchasing Unclaimed Lottery or Non-lottery Permits

Leftover (unclaimed) lottery permits and nonlottery permits are available at license agents and online. During every transaction there are several opportunities to review your information for accuracy. A complete review at each step will allow you to make corrections, if necessary. Note: Once a purchase transaction is complete there will be NO refunds or exchanges.

IMPORTANT: If a hunter is awarded permits from both Lottery 1 and Lottery 2, the hunter must claim (purchase) both permits, even if they are for the same area/hunting period. If both permits are not claimed, the hunter may only choose not to claim any awarded permit. The hunter can then attempt to purchase permits during over-the-counter sales on April 1, 2024, sold first-come, first-served.

For information on permits for disabled veterans, see Disabled Veteran Licenses, Stamps, & Permits section in License Information. For information on farmer turkey permits, see Farmer Hunting & Permit Information.

Spring Turkey Permits

  • Application Period January 25–February 22, 2024.
  • Award notifications will begin when the lottery is held, and permit pickup begins February 26, 2024.
  • Permits must be claimed by 11:59 pm on March 20, 2024. Unclaimed awarded permits will be redistributed in the over-the-counter sale.

Over-the-counter sale of leftover permits: 10 a.m. MONDAY, March 25, 2024 until permits sell out or the season ends, whichever occurs first.

IMPORTANT: Check your permit award status in your customer profile in the Electronic Licensing Systems; do not rely on e-mail or postcard notification. There is only a brief period to claim the awarded permit(s).

You MUST claim your permit BEFORE the claim period has ended! Unclaimed permits become available for over-the-counter sales. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Turkey Hunting Areas

Map for general reference only. For a complete description of the Turkey Hunting Area boundaries, visit our website at

Map of Turkey Hunting Areas

Public Turkey Hunting Land in New Jersey

New Jersey has more than 750,000 acres of state land available to the turkey hunter. This list is arranged by turkey hunting area for public land open to turkey hunting.

Turkey Hunting Area 1

  • Delaware Water Gap Nat’l Recreation Area
  • Flatbrook-Roy WMA
  • Hainesville WMA
  • Stokes State Forest

Turkey Hunting Area 2

  • Bear Swamp WMA
  • Delaware Water Gap Nat’l Recreation Area
  • Flatbrook-Roy WMA
  • Paulinskill WMA
  • Stokes State Forest
  • Swartswood State Park
  • Trout Brook WMA
  • Walpack WMA
  • White Lake WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 3

  • Columbia WMA (partial)
  • Delaware Water Gap Nat’l Recreation Area
  • Worthington State Forest

Turkey Hunting Area 4

  • Allamuchy Mountain State Park
  • Beaver Brook WMA
  • Columbia WMA (partial)
  • Honey Run WMA
  • Jenny Jump State Forest
  • Stephens State Park
  • Whittingham WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 5

  • Kittatinny Valley State Park
  • Paulinskill WMA
  • Wallkill River NWR

Turkey Hunting Area 6

  • Abram Hewitt State Forest
  • Hamburg Mountain WMA
  • Long Pond Ironworks State Park
  • Norvin Green State Forest
  • Ramapo Mountain State Forest
  • Ringwood State Park
  • Wawayanda State Park

Turkey Hunting Area 7

  • Berkshire Valley WMA
  • Farny State Park
  • Hamburg Mountain WMA
  • Rockaway River WMA
  • Sparta Mountain WMA
  • Weldon Brook WMA
  • Wildcat Ridge WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 8

  • Alpha Grasslands WMA
  • Buckhorn Creek WMA
  • Clinton WMA
  • Musconetcong River WMA
  • Pequest WMA
  • Pohatcong Creek WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 9

  • Black River WMA
  • Hacklebarney State Park
  • Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA
  • Musconetcong River WMA
  • Pequest WMA
  • Rockport WMA
  • South Branch WMA
  • Voorhees State Park

Turkey Hunting Area 10

  • Black River WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 11

  • Alexauken Creek WMA
  • Lockatong WMA
  • Six Mile Run Reservoir State Park (bow only)
  • South Branch WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 12

  • Assunpink WMA
  • Turkey Swamp WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 14

  • Brendan T. Byrne State Forest
  • Colliers Mills WMA
  • Double Trouble State Park
  • Forked River Mountain WMA
  • Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Spring)
  • Greenwood Forest WMA
  • Manasquan WMA
  • Manchester WMA
  • Medford WMA
  • Pleasant Run WMA
  • Prospertown Lake WMA
  • Whiting WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 15

  • Penbryn WMA
  • Wharton State Forest
  • Winslow WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 16

  • Absecon WMA
  • Bass River State Forest
  • Hammonton Creek WMA
  • Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Spring)
  • Makepeace Lake WMA
  • Penn State Forest
  • Port Republic WMA
  • Stafford Forge WMA
  • Warren Grove Recreation Area
  • Wharton State Forest

Turkey Hunting Area 20

  • Abbotts Meadow WMA
  • Cohansey River
  • Elmer Lake WMA
  • Featherbed Lane WMA
  • Gum Tree Corner WMA
  • Harrisonville Lake WMA
  • Mad Horse Creek WMA
  • Maskells Mill Pond WMA
  • Raccoon Creek WMA
  • Salem River WMA
  • Thundergut Pond WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 21

  • Buckshutem WMA
  • Cedar Lake WMA
  • Clarks Pond WMA
  • Cohansey River WMA
  • Dix WMA
  • Egg Island WMA
  • Glassboro WMA
  • Great Egg Harbor River WMA
  • Millville WMA
  • Nantuxent WMA
  • New Sweden WMA
  • Parvin State Park
  • Union Lake WMA
  • White Oak Branch WMA
  • Winslow WMA

Turkey Hunting Area 22

  • Beaver Swamp WMA
  • Belleplain State Forest
  • Cape Island WMA
  • Cape May NWR
  • Cape May Wetlands WMA
  • Cox Hall WMA
  • Dennis Creek WMA
  • Gibson Creek WMA
  • Great Egg Harbor WMA
  • Hammonton Creek WMA
  • Heislerville WMA
  • Higbee Beach WMA
  • Makepeace Lake WMA
  • Maple Lake WMA
  • Menantico Ponds WMA
  • Peaslee WMA
  • Tuckahoe WMA

Turkey Harvest Tag and Report Requirements

Mandatory Harvest Tagging and Reporting -

(1-855-448-6865) or online at

1. Hunters must tag their turkey immediately upon harvest and before moving the turkey. Fill out the Wild Turkey Transportation Card (part of your permit) except the Confirmation Number which will be assigned automatically when the turkey is reported. Attach the Wild Turkey Transportation Card to the turkey. The tag must include the hunter's CID, date and Turkey Hunting Area (THA) of harvest.

2. Record the turkey's sex, age and take measurements of the beard and longer spur, if applicable. Measure before starting the harvest report process to have your answers ready. See sexing, aging and measuring wild turkeys at

  • Use a ruler, tape measure or a dollar bill (which is 6 inches in length) to determine if the beard is less than, equal to or greater than 6 inches in length. Measure the beard from the skin at its base to the end of the longest filament.
  • Additionally, measure the longest spur to determine if the spur is less than, equal to or greater than 1/2 inch. Measure the spur from the very base where it meets the leg scales to the very tip.

3. Report your harvest via the Automated Harvest Reporting System (AHRS) (by phone or online as printed on every hunting license and permit.) Upon reporting, you will receive a Confirmation Number. Record the assigned Confirmation Number on your Turkey Harvest Report Card. Retain the Confirmation Number as long as the turkey or its parts are in possession. If you incorrectly report your harvest please call NJ Fish & Wildlife at 609-223-6048 or email [email protected].

If unable to access the Automated Harvest Reporting System by the designated time, the turkey shall be reported immediately by telephone to the nearest NJ Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement office listed in Law Enforcement. You must continue to call the AHRS until you receive a Confirmation Number for that turkey.

Regardless of how many turkey permits are purchased, a hunter may only harvest ONE turkey per day.

Edible Portions Guide

Edible portions do not include meat from the head or neck; meat that has been damaged by the method of taking; bones, sinew, and meat reasonably lost as a result of butchering, boning, or close trimming of bones, or viscera. Edible portions do not include meat from diseased or scavenged carcasses. See Wanton Waste of Game section in General Hunting Regulations.

Edible Portions of Rabbit

For rabbit and squirrel:

  • Front shoulders
  • Thighs
  • Backstrap
    Edible Portions of Turkey

For game birds such as turkey:

  • breast, legs and thighs
Edible Portions of Game Birds

For game birds other than turkey:

  • breast