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2019 turkey season dates and bag limits by state

Apr 16, 2019

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Here’s a breakdown of the 2019 turkey season dates and bag limits for every state in the U.S.

Alabama

  • Season Dates: March 16-April 30 (varies by zone and county)
  • Bag Limit: One gobbler per day; five during combined fall and spring seasons

Alaska

  • No season

Arizona

  • Season Dates: Arizona Game and Fish issues all permits through a public draw. Applications are due every fall. April 26-May 2 and May 3-23 for hunters drawing a Merriam’s or Rio Grande wild turkey tag; May 3-9 and May 10-30 for hunters drawing a Gould’s wild turkey tag.
  • Archery season is April 26-May 30 depending upon hunt drawn by hunter.
  • Youth-only season is April 19-25 and May 10-23. Over the counter/non-permit tag for archery is May 10-23.
  • Bag Limit: One bearded turkey

Arkansas

  • Season Dates: Youth Hunt (age 6 -15): April 6-7 Statewide; Regular Season: April 8 – 24 (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4B, 5, 5B, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 9, 10, and 17); April 8 – 16 (Zones 1A, 4, 4A, 5A and 9A)
  • Bag Limit: Two legal turkeys (except one legal turkey in Zones 1A, 4, 4A, 5A and 9A, and youth ages 6-15 may take one jake as part of their two-bird bag)

California

  • Season Dates: General – March 30-May 5
  • Bag Limit: One bearded bird per day; maximum of three per season.

Colorado

  • Season Dates: April 13 – May 26 statewide. Some game management units split this range of dates into two seasons; check regulations.
  • Bag Limit: One bearded bird via an over-the-counter permit. Hunters may take an additional bird if they also draw a limited spring turkey permit.

Connecticut

  • Season Dates: April 24- May 25
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded birds on state land and three bearded birds on private land

Delaware

  • Season Dates: April 6 (youth); April 13 to May 11 (regular). Check regulations for public land permits and season segment dates (eregulations.com/delaware/hunting/; pages 26–27). All first-time Delaware turkey hunters must successfully complete a division-approved Turkey Hunting Safety Course. This includes both public and private hunters. To register for a classroom Turkey Hunting Safety Course, call the Hunter Education Office at (302) 735-3600. Delaware also accepts an online Turkey Hunting Safety Course. You can find the online course at www.wildturkeyhuntingcourse.com. Upon completion of the online course, contact the Hunter Education Office.
  • Bag Limit: One gobbler

Florida

  • Season Dates: March 2 to April 7 south of SR 70; March 16 to April 21 north of SR 70
  • Bag Limit: Two birds (only one in Holmes County)

Georgia

  • Season Dates: March 16-17 (Youth/Mobility Impaired Only); March 23-May 15
  • Bag Limit: Three gobblers

Hawaii

  • Season Dates: Check regulations
  • Bag Limit: Varies by island; check regulations

Idaho

  • Season Dates: Youth season – April 8-14; General season – April 15-May 25
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded turkeys

Illinois

  • Season Dates: Youth – March 30-31 and April 6-7; General season – North Zone: First – April 15-19, Second – April 20-25, Third – April 26-May 1, Fourth – May 2-8, Fifth – May 9-16;South Zone: First – April 8-12; Second – April 13-18; Third – April 19-24; Fourth – April 25-May 1; Fifth – May 2-9
  • Bag Limit: One bearded turkey per permit; maximum of three per person. Permits are valid only for the county or special hunt area and season for which the Illinois Department of Natural Resources issues them. (dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/TurkeyHunting.aspx)

Indiana

  • Bag Limit: One bearded or male turkey
  • Public Land Progress: The NWTF and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources have worked to create woodland meadow/opening maintenance through mechanical means and prescribed fire on the Hoosier National Forest benefitting Eastern wild turkeys.

Iowa

  • Season Dates: April 8-May 12 (Four general seasons); Youth season is April 5-7
  • Bag Limit: One bearded or male turkey per valid license and transportation tag

Kansas

  • Season Dates: Youth/Disabled – April 1-16; Archery – April 8-16; Regular – April 17-May 31
  • Bag Limit: One bearded turkey per permit or game tag (two total). Limited permits available in Unit 4.

Kentucky

  • Season Dates: Two-day youth season – April 6-7; General season – April 13-May 5
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded birds. A hunter may take a male turkey or a turkey with a visible beard. No more than one bird per day. No more than two birds 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.

Louisiana

  • Season Dates: Area A-April 6-May 5; Area B-April 6-28; Area C-April 6-21 (See rules and regulations). Refer to regulations for hunting areas and Wildlife Management Area/federal land seasons.
  • Bag Limit: Two – one gobbler per day; two gobblers per season. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries prohibits the taking of hens, including bearded hens. Hunters are required to report their kill within 72 hours using the kill validation website, www.la.wildlifelicense.com, or by calling (888) 765-2602.

Maine

  • Season Dates: April 29-June 1
  • Bag Limit: Two birds

Maryland

  • Season Dates: Youth season – April 13-14; General season – April 18-May 23
  • Bag Limit: The spring season bag limit is one bearded turkey per day; two bearded turkeys for the season.

Massachusetts

  • Season Dates: Youth day – April 27; General season – April 29-May 25
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded birds; no more than one per day.

Michigan

  • Season Dates: April 22-May 31
  • Bag Limit: One bearded turkey per licensed hunter

Minnesota

  • Season Dates: Six time periods, beginning April 17 and concluding May 31 (lottery for first two periods). Archery and youth permits are valid during all time periods and all permit areas.
  • Bag Limit: One permit per person, one bearded bird per permit

Mississippi

  • Season Dates: Youth Season – March 8-14; General season – March 15-May 1
  • Bag Limit: One adult gobbler with a 6-inch beard or longer per day; three per spring season. Hunters aged 15 years of age or younger may harvest one gobbler of choice (any age) per day; three per spring season.

Missouri

  • Season Dates: Youth Season – April 6-7; Regular season – April 15-May 5
  • Bag Limit: Two male turkeys or turkeys with a visible beard, only one of which hunters can harvest the first week. Only one bird during the youth season.

Montana

  • Season Dates: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has not finalized season dates, but they are projected for April 13-May 19
  • Bag Limit: Varies by region (check regulations)

Nebraska

  • Season Dates: Archery – March 25 to May 31; Youth – April 6 to May 31; Shotgun – April 13 to May 31
  • Bag Limit: Nebraska Game and Parks allows hunters to purchase up to three permits in the spring, and each allow for the harvest of one male or female bearded turkey.

Nevada

  • Season Dates: Varies (check regulations)
  • Bag Limit: One bearded turkey

New Hampshire

  • Season Dates: Youth Hunt – April 27-28; General season – May 1-31
  • Bag Limit: May 2019 season will allow a second gobbler in one of the state’s wildlife management units H1, H2, J2, K, L or M.

New Jersey

  • Season Dates: Youth Day – April 20. Regular Season – April 22-May 24, segmented season
  • Bag Limit: The bag limit is one male turkey per permit, but the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife allows hunters to take only one bird in a given day, regardless of the number of permits a hunter holds.

New Mexico

  • Season Dates: April 15-May 10
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded turkeys

New York

  • Season Dates: Youth season – April 21-22; General season – May 1-31
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded turkeys, only one per day. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation allows youth only one bearded turkey during youth season.

North Carolina

  • Season Dates: Youth season – April 6-12; General season – April 13-May 11
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded turkeys. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission allows youth to kill only one during youth season.

North Dakota

  • Season Dates: April 13-May 19
  • Bag Limit: One bearded wild turkey

Ohio

  • Season Dates: Youth season – April 13-14; General season, South Zone – April 22-May 19; General season, Northeast Zone – April 29-May 26
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded turkeys per season; no more than one per day

Oklahoma

Oregon

  • Season Dates: April 15-May 31
  • Bag Limit: Three gobblers or turkeys with visible beards

Pennsylvania

  • Season Dates: Youth season – April 20; General season – April 27-May 31
  • Bag Limit: One with a general license, two with the purchase of a special turkey license that hunters must purchase prior to April 27. Limit one per day. No Sunday hunting.

Rhode Island

  • Season Dates: Youth ages 12-15 and paraplegic hunters – April 20-21; Regular season – April 25-May 19
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded birds; hunters may only take one on state land

South Carolina

  • Season Dates: Private land March 20-May 5. Public (Wildlife Management Area) land April 1-May 5
  • Bag Limit: Three gobblers; no more than two per day. Some WMAs are more restrictive, so check regulations at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regs/hunting/index.html.

South Dakota

  • Season Dates: Archery – April 7-May 31; Shotgun – April 14-May 31
  • Bag Limit: One bird; varies by unit, check regulations

Tennessee

  • Season Dates: Youth – March 23-24; Regular season – March 30-May 12
  • Bag Limit: One bearded turkey per day, not to exceed four per season

Texas

  • Season Dates: Season dates vary by county. Check local regulations for the county you plan to hunt at https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/regs/animal_listing.
  • South Zone: March 17-April 29
  • North Zone: March 31-May 13
  • Rio Grande 1 – Gobbler Zone: April 1-30
  • Eastern 1 – Gobbler Zone: April 15 to May 14
  • Bag Limit: Four turkeys, but no more than one Eastern wild turkey

Utah

  • Season Dates: April 13-May 31
  • Bag Limit: One bearded turkey

Vermont

  • Season Dates: Youth season – April 27-28; General season – May 1-31
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded turkeys

Virginia

  • Season Dates: April 13-May 18
  • Bag Limit: Three bearded turkeys per license year, (includes fall and spring seasons combined)

Washington

  • Season Dates: Youth season – April 6-7; General season – April 15-May 31. Spring seasons are for gobblers (males) and turkeys with visible beards only.
  • Bag Limit: The combined spring/youth season limit is three birds. Hunters may kill only two turkeys in eastern Washington. However, they may kill only one in Chelan, Kittitas or Yakima counties. Hunters may kill one turkey per year in western Washington outside of Klickitat County. Hunters may kill two turkeys in Klickitat County.

West Virginia

  • Season Dates: April 15-May 11
  • Bag Limit: Two bearded birds

Wisconsin

  • Season Dates: Zones 1-7, Period A – April 17-23; Period B – April 24-30; Period C – May 1-7; Period D -May 8-14; Period E – May 15-21; Period F – May 22-28
  • Bag Limit: One bearded or male turkey per harvest authorization.

Wyoming

  • Season Dates: Varies by hunt area, consult regulations – April 1-May 20 or April 13-May 20
  • Bag Limit: One male or bearded wild turkey per license
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