2017 Fall Hunt Guide

Live in one of the 42 states that offers fall turkey hunting? Consider yourself among the privileged. There are 2.4 million paid license holders in the eight states without a fall turkey hunting season who won’t be fortunate enough to bust up a fall flock in their home state. Many will hunt whitetails, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you can do both, you are one of the blessed. Take advantage of the opportunity and use this issue’s Fall Hunt Guide to help you pinpoint each state’s turkey statistics. Instead of being stuck in a tree stand all fall, stretch your legs this season, and perfect the kee-kee run and assembly yelp. It will make you a better hunter.

As Col. Tom Kelly said in his legendary Tenth Legion, “Fall turkey hunting is maneuvers. Spring hunting is war.” Be good at both. We made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in the Fall Hunt Guide, but it is your responsibility to check the hunting regulations in the state you will be hunting to ensure you have a pleasant experience with any conservation officer you may meet.

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ALABAMA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.outdooralabama.com
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (334) 242-3469
TURKEY POPULATION: 400,000
SEASON DATES: November 18-30 and December 16 to January 1 (six counties only)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until halfhour after sunset (varies on WMAs)
BAG LIMIT: Five (combined fall and spring seasons)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 272-4263
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

ARIZONA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.azgfd.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (602) 942-3000
TURKEY POPULATION: Merriam’s – 25,000 / Gould’s – 1,000 / Rio Grande – 100
SEASON DATES: August 25 to September 21 (archery) / October 6 to October 12 (firearm)
HOURS: Daylight hours
BAG LIMIT: One turkey (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 352-0700
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

CONNECTICUT
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.ct.gov/deep/hunting
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (860) 418-5957
TURKEY POPULATION: 35,000
SEASON DATES: October 7-31 (firearms); Archery varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two, either sex (firearms on private land); one, either sex (firearms on state land); two, either sex (archery)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 842-4357
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? During the fall firearms season on private lands only
Note: Turkey hunters in Connecticut need to purchase the new Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp. The new stamp replaces the wild turkey permits. To hunt turkeys during the fallseasons an individual must purchase this stamp.

CALIFORNIA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildlife.ca.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (916) 445-0411
SEASON DATES: November 11 to December 10
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 334-2258
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

COLORADO
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: cpw.state.co.us
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (303) 297-1192
TURKEY POPULATION: 35,000
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One either-sex turkey (fall season) / two beardless turkeys (late season)
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) COLO-OGT
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

FLORIDA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: myfwc.com/hunting
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (850) 488-4676
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset on private land (public land varies)
BAG LIMIT: Two
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 404-3922
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

HAWAII
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/hunting
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (808) 587-0166
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)
POACHER HOTLINE: (808) 643-DLNR
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Varies (check regulations)

IDAHO
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.idfg.idaho.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (208) 334-3700
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 392-1111
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

ILLINOIS
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dnr.illinois.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (217) 782-6384
SEASON DATES: Shotgun, October 21-29 (only in permitted counties); Archery, October 1 to January 14 (closed first and second firearms deer seasons)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset (shotgun); half-hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset (archery)
BAG LIMIT: One either-sex bird per permit (maximum of two shotgun and two archery tags)
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 236-7529
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

INDIANA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (317) 232-4070
TURKEY POPULATION: 110,000
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-4367
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

IOWA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.iowadnr.com
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (614) 774-2958
SEASON DATES: October 16 to December 1 (gun/bow); October 1 to December 1 and December 18 to January 10 (archery only)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset (shotgun) and half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset (archery)
BAG LIMIT: One bird per license, with up to two licenses (Iowa residents only)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 532-2020
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

KANSAS
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: ksoutdoors.com
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (620) 672-5911
SEASON DATES: October 1 to November 28 and December 11 to January 31
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One per permit (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 426-3843
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

KENTUCKY
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.fw.ky.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 858-1549
TURKEY POPULATION: 240,000
SEASON DATES: September 2 to January 15 (archery); October 1-22, November 11-23 (crossbow); October 28 to November 3, December 2-8 (shotgun); equipment restrictions apply on some WMAs
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until halfhour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Four birds total (either sex); check regulations for restrictions
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 25-ALERT
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes (Check WMAs for restrictions)

MAINE
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (207) 287-8000
TURKEY POPULATION: 50,000 to 60,000
SEASON DATES: October 2 to November 7
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 287-7887
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

MARYLAND
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dnr.maryland.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (410) 260-8540
SEASON DATES: October 28 to November 4 (Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 635-6124
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

MASSACHUSETTS
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (508) 389-6300
SEASON DATES: October 23 to November 4
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half hour before sunset (varies on WMAs)
BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 632-8075
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

MICHIGAN
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.michigan.gov/turkey
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (517) 284-9453
SEASON DATES: September 15 to November 14
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour before sunset
BAG LIMIT: One per license (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 292-7800
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

MINNESOTA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dnr.state.mn.us
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (888) 646-6367
SEASON DATES: September 30 to October 29
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 652-9093
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

MISSISSIPPI
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.mdwfp.com
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (601) 432-2400
TURKEY POPULATION: 225,000
SEASON DATES: October 14 to November 15 (Only in select areas, check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) BE-SMART
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

MISSOURI
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: mdc.mo.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (573) 751-4115
TURKEY POPULATION: 300,000
SEASON DATES: October 1-31 (shotgun) / September 15 to November 10 and November 22 to January 15 (archery)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset (shotgun); half-hour before sunrise until half hour after sunset (archery)
BAG LIMIT: Two (either sex) with shotgun; two (either sex) with archery
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 392-1111
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

MONTANA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: fwp.mt.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (406) 444-2535
SEASON DATES: September 1 to January 1
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-6668
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

NEBRASKA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: outdoornebraska.gov/wildturkey
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (402) 471-0641
SEASON DATES: September 15 to January 31
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two per permit (limit of two permits per hunter)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 742-7627
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

NEW HAMPSHIRE
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildlife.state.nh.us
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (603) 271-3421
TURKEY POPULATION: 40,000
SEASON DATES: September 15 to December 15 (archery, WMUs B-M); September 15 to December 8 (archery, WMU A); October 16- 22 (shotgun, select WMUs)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 344-4262
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes (for scattering flocks only)

NEW JERSEY
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.njfishandwildlife.com
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (908) 735-8793
SEASON DATES: October 28 to November 4 (no Sunday hunting)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: One per permit (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (855) 648-8477
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

NEW MEXICO
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildlife.state.nm.us
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (505) 476-8000
TURKEY POPULATION: 30,000
SEASON DATES: September 1-30 (archery); November 1-30 (any legal sporting arm)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 432-4263
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

NEW YORK
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dec.ny.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (518) 402-8883
TURKEY POPULATION: 180,000
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-7332
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

NORTH DAKOTA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: gf.nd.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (701) 328-6300
SEASON DATES: Check regulations
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 472-2121
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

OHIO
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildohio.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 945-3543
TURKEY POPULATION: 180,000
SEASON DATES: October 14 to November 26 (in select counties)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) POACHER
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

OKLAHOMA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildlifedepartment.com
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (405) 521-2730
TURKEY POPULATION: Rio Grande – 106,000 / Eastern – 7,000
SEASON DATES: October 1 to January 15 (archery); November 4-17 (gun)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (Some counties not open for fall hunting, check regulations)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 522-8039
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

OREGON
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dfw.state.or.us
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (503) 947-6000
SEASON DATES: October 15 to December 31 (western Oregon general season); October 8 to November 30, December 1-31 (Blue Mountains and northeast general season, private land hunting only in December); October 8-23 (White River Controlled Hunt)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two of either sex (western Oregon); all other fall seasons, one of either sex; total of two fall turkeys allowed, only one of which may be filled in eastern Oregon (White River, Blue Mountain, Northeast)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 452-7888
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

PENNSYLVANIA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.pgc.pa.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (717) 787-4250
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) PGC-8001
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes
 

RHODE ISLAND
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dem.ri.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (401) 789-0281
TURKEY POPULATION: 3,000
SEASON DATES: October 1-14
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex, archery only)
POACHER HOTLINE: (401) 222-3070
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

SOUTH DAKOTA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: gfp.sd.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (605) 255-4515
SEASON DATES: Check regulations
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 683-7224
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

TENNESSEE
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.tnwildlife.org
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (615) 781-6610
TURKEY POPULATION: 250,000
SEASON DATES: September 23 to October 27, October 30 to November 3 (archery); October 14-27 (shotgun)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)
POACHER HOTLINE:
West Tennessee - (800) 831-1173
Middle Tennessee - (800) 255-8972
Cumberland Plateau - (800) 241-0767
East Tennessee - (800) 831-1174
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

TEXAS
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: tpwd.texas.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 792-1112
TURKEY POPULATION: 600,000
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Four-bird annual limit (no fall Eastern season)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 792-GAME
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

UTAH
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: wildlife.utah.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (801) 538-4700
TURKEY POPULATION: 30,000 to 35,000
SEASON DATES: November 2 to January 15
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 662-3337
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Varies (check regulations)

VERMONT
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.vtfishandwildlife.com
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (802) 828-1000
TURKEY POPULATION: 45,000-60,000
SEASON DATES: October 7-20 (archery); October 21-29 (shotgun/archery in select WMUs); October 21 to November 5 (shotgun/archery in select WMUs)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 752-5378
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

VIRGINIA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dgif.virginia.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (804) 367-1000
TURKEY POPULATION: 185,000
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two (either sex; no more than three per license year)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 237-5712
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes (during firearms season only)

WASHINGTON
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: wdfw.wa.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (360) 902-2515
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 933-9847
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? No

WEST VIRGINIA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wvdnr.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (304) 558-2771
TURKEY POPULATION: 115,000
SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (304) 558-2784
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

WISCONSIN
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: dnr.wi.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (888) 936-7463
SEASON DATES: September 16 to December 31 (Zones 1-5); September 16 to November 17 (Zones 6-7)
HOURS: Half hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One per permit wzone)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-9367
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

WYOMING
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: wgfd.wyo.gov
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (307) 777-4600
SEASON DATES: November 1-30 (Hunt Area 1); October 1 to December 31 (Hunt Areas 2, 3, 4 and 5)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (either sex)
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) WGFD-TIP
IS HUNTING WITH TURKEY DOGS ALLOWED? Yes

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