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Spring Turkey

Spring Turkey License Requirements

  • Resident: Resident hunting license & spring turkey license, unless exempt from either.
  • Nonresident: Nonresident hunting license & spring turkey license, unless exempt from either.

Legal Means of Taking

  • Archery: Equipment described as legal for big game. See Big Game Regulations.
  • Shotgun: Conventional or muzzleloading, using shot no larger than BB (.180 of an inch in diameter) are legal.
  • Illegal Firearms: Rifles and handguns may not be used during the spring seasons.

Youth Spring Turkey Information

Age Requirements

17 years old and younger. All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. The adult may not hunt or possess any archery equipment or firearms.

License Requirements

  • Resident youths under 16 years of age: Exempt from a hunting license, but must possess a turkey license or proof of exemption.
  • Resident youths 16 and 17 years old: Must possess a hunting license (see Licenses & Permits) and a turkey license or proof of exemption.
  • Nonresident youths under 14 years of age: Exempt from a hunting license, but must possess a turkey license or proof of exemption.
  • Nonresident youths 14-17 years old: Must possess a nonresident annual hunting license and a turkey license for each bird to be hunted unless otherwise exempt.
  • Nonresident lifetime license holders: Must purchase a nonresident annual hunting license and turkey license(s).

The nonresident 5-day hunting license is not valid for hunting turkey.

Season Limit

One tom turkey statewide regardless of method of take.

A turkey taken during the youth spring season counts toward the regular spring turkey season limit of one turkey.

Unfilled Spring Turkey License

Youth hunters who do not harvest a turkey during the spring youth turkey season may use their unfilled turkey license during the regular spring turkey season.

Youth Spring Turkey

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Statewide.

One tom turkey statewide regardless of method of take.

A turkey taken during the youth spring season counts toward the regular spring turkey season limit of one turkey.

Spring Turkey

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Statewide.

  • One (1) tom turkey; harvest of non-bearded turkeys is prohibited.