Thirty minutes before legal sunrise to legal sunset.
Legal Hunting Equipment
- Shotguns using ammunition with No. 4 shot or smaller. No restriction on number of rounds in the magazine.
- Archery equipment (longbows, recurve bows, compound bows, and crossbows).
- Sighting devices including scopes are legal. Night vision, infrared, and other devices using artificial light to locate wildlife are illegal.
- A pre-charged pneumatic gun (Airbow) which shoots an arrow is legal for all hunters to use during statewide turkey gun seasons.
Prohibited Acts (see Manner & Means for more details)
Baiting, possessing rifles, using handguns, possessing or using electronic calls, using live decoys, and loaded ammunition larger than No. 4 shot are prohibited. Turkeys may not be shot or stalked from a boat in Dyer, Haywood, Lauderdale, Obion, Shelby or Tipton counties.
- A licensed turkey hunter who has filled his/her bag limit or does not possess a valid permit for a quota hunt, may accompany another turkey hunter who has a valid permit (except on WMAs where prohibited) and assist them in calling, but may not have turkey hunting weapons in their possession.
- On a Young Sportsman Hunt, youths must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and is not required to have a license. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.
- Turkeys must remain intact while afield and until checked in.
- All turkeys harvested on public land hunts count toward statewide bag limits. There are no bonus turkeys.(see WMA section for details).
- Fanning or reaping turkeys on WMAs is prohibited. See Wildlife Management Area General Regulations.
Wildlife Management Areas
- Many WMAs are open with statewide seasons and bag limits, though some have restricted dates or quota hunts (see WMA section for details).
- Calling or attempting to call turkeys using any means to mimic the sounds made by turkeys is prohibited from March 1 to opening day of spring turkey hunts on all WMAs.
- WMA spring turkey quota hunt application period is from Dec. 14, 2022 - Jan. 11, 2023.
Identifying Adult Gobblers
An adult gobbler has at least one of the following:
1. The beard is longer than 6 inches.
2. Tail feathers are the same length.
3. A spur is at least 1/2 in long.
4. Wing feathers have white barring all the way to the tip.