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Turkey Fall Firearms Seasons

Fall Firearms Turkey Seasons

October 22 through November 4, and November 24

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

October 22 through November 4, November 23 and 24, December 5 through December 31, and January 14 through 28

In the counties of Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Caroline, Carroll, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Dickenson, Essex, Fairfax, Fauquier, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Lee, Loudoun, Montgomery, Nelson, Northumberland, Prince William, Pulaski, Rappahannock, Richmond, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Stafford, Washington, Westmoreland, Wise, and Wythe, and on Camp Peary, and the cities of Hampton and Newport News.


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

October 22 through November 4, November 23 and 24, and December 5 through December 17

In the counties of Accomack, Amelia, Charles City, Dinwiddie, Gloucester, Greensville, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northampton, Powhatan, Prince George, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, York (except on Camp Peary), and the City of Suffolk.

October 22 through November 4, November 23 and 24, December 5 through December 17, and January 14 through January 28

In the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buchanan, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Floyd, Fluvanna, Frederick, Goochland, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Henry, Louisa, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Orange, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Tazewell, and Warren.

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 & Archery Tackle and Local Firearms.

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

Spring Turkey Quota Hunts

Quota spring turkey hunting opportunities are offered on six WMAs, the New Kent Forestry Center, the Adams Daniel Farm, Progress Park, and the Hockley Experimental Forest in 2023. For more information about these hunts see Public Hunting Quota Hunts. To apply see information on Public Hunting Quota Hunts.

Q: Why is spring gobbler hunting limited to noon during portions of the gobbler season?

A: Our research shows that there is an elevated risk of accidentally shooting a hen turkey during the early portion of the spring turkey season. Hens are more active earlier in the season as most have not yet begun to incubate eggs. After the first two weeks of the season, many hens will have started incubating eggs, so all-day hunting presents less risk to hens after this time.