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Hunting

Wild Turkey Spring Season

Three subspecies of wild turkey reside in Washington: the Merriam’s, Rio Grande, and Eastern.

  • Merriam’s subspecies occupies portions of Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat, and Skamania counties.
  • Rio Grande turkeys can be found in Asotin, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Lincoln counties.
  • Eastern subspecies can be found west of the Cascades in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston and Lewis counties.

2022 Spring Season

Area

Dates Open

Restrictions

Bag/Possession Limit

Statewide

April 15 - May 31, 2022

Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during spring seasons

Male turkeys and turkeys with visible beards only

A total of three (3) turkeys in the spring season with following restrictions: Only 2 turkeys may be killed in Eastern Washington, except 3 may be killed in Spokane County. Only 1 may be killed in Kittitas or Yakima counties.

One turkey may be killed per year in Western Washington outside of Klickitat County.

Two turkeys may be killed in Klickitat County.

Additional turkey tags may be purchased at any time. In appropriate areas, three turkeys can be harvested in one day.

Wild Turkey License and Tag Fees

License or Tag

Resident

Non-Resident

Youth*

Resident Disabled***

Small game license

$40.50

$183.50

$18.50

$18.50

Small game, with combined purchase of big game license**

$22.00

$96.80

$8.80

$8.80

Three-day small game

n/a

$68.00

n/a

n/a

First turkey tag

$15.90

$44.50

$0.50

$15.90

Additional turkey transport tags

$15.90

$66.50

$11.50

$15.90

2022 Spring Turkey Season Hunting Hours

½ hour before sunrise to sunset

Date

Eastern Washington

Western Washington

A.M.

P.M.

A.M.

P.M.

April 1-7

6:00

7:30

6:10

7:45

April 15-21

5:35

7:50

5:45

8:05

April 22-28

5:20

8:00

5:30

8:15

April 29 - May 5

5:10

8:10

5:20

8:25

May 6-12

5:00

8:20

5:10

8:30

May 13-19

4:50

8:25

5:00

8:40

May 20-26

4:40

8:35

4:50

8:50

May 27-31

4:35

8:40

4:45

8:55

Youth Turkey Season

  • Youth license holders may hunt during a special youth-only spring turkey season on April 1-7, 2022.
  • The youth season is open statewide.
  • Must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years or older.
  • Standard hunting methods and all other turkey hunting regulations apply to the youth season. (The combined youth/spring season bag limit is the same as listed for spring season above.)

Special Regulations

  • Spring turkey season is open for shotgun (10 gauge or under capable of holding 3 or fewer shells – a plug may be used to meet this requirement – or muzzleloader with shot), bow-and-arrow, and crossbow hunting only. Potential changes regarding authorized firearms may occur after the printing of this publication and take effect in May 2022. Please refer to WAC 220-414-020 Unlawful methods for hunting—Firearms for a complete list of approved firearms before you hunt.
  • A valid hunting license and an unaltered, unnotched turkey transport tag are required for hunting turkey.
  • Immediately after killing a turkey, hunters must validate their own tag by completely removing notches for month and day of kill and securely attach tag to carcass.
  • It is unlawful to use dogs, live birds, electronic calls or electronic decoys to hunt turkeys.
  • Baiting game birds is illegal.
  • Turkey hunters must report hunting activity (see Mandatory Reporting).
  • Turkey hunters must use #4 shot or smaller (e.g., #6 shot).
  • It is illegal to possess in the field or transport game birds unless a feathered head or wing is left attached to each carcass.

WAC Summary Information

This pamphlet is a summary of the hunting regulations and seasons (chapters 220-400 through 220-416 of the Washington Administrative Code) adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. This pamphlet does not contain all department regulations. Regulations specific to the hunting seasons described in this pamphlet are found in section 220-416-010 of the Washington Administrative Code.

Reward

Stop Washington Poachers! To report poaching in progress, dial 9-1-1. Individuals that witness and would like to anonymously report a fish or wildlife violation can call toll free 1-877-933-9847 (1-877-WDFW-TIP). Remember this is not an information hotline. Other reporting tools can be found at wdfw.wa.gov/poaching.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife pays rewards for information that leads to a conviction of people violating wildlife laws.

The Washington Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will pay $250.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for illegal take of wild turkeys.

Advisory on Emergency Regulations

Caution: Emergency regulation changes may occur while the seasons described in this pamphlet are in effect and will supersede information contained herein. Area news media will be informed of changes as they occur.

Fall Turkey Season

Fall turkey seasons and regulations will be available in the Game Bird and Small Game Regulations. Special permit application instructions for fall hunts will be available in the Big Game Regulations. See wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations.

NEW - Extended Youth Hunting Turkey Season!

New in 2022, the Youth Turkey Season is now open April 1 - 7. This extended season is open statewide to all youth, ages 17 and under.

Standard hunting methods and all other turkey hunting regulations apply to the youth season.

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