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ALABAMA

Alabama Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
www.outdooralabama.com
(334) 242-3486

POPULATION: 400,000
2013 FALL HARVEST: 47,800
SEASON DATES: March 15-April 30 (vary by zone)
HUNTER EDUCATION: A hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised hunting license buyers born on or after Aug. 1, 1977.
HOURS: daylight hours (vary on WMAs)
BAG LIMIT: One gobbler per day, five gobblers per season
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 272- 4263
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth: Saturday and Sunday prior to opening day


ARIZONA

Arizona Game and Fish Department
www.azgfd.gov
(602) 942-3000

POPULATION: 36,000
2013 HARVEST: 833
SEASON DATES: vary by unit. Check agency website.
HUNTER EDUCATION: Hunters younger than 14 must have proof of hunter education.
HOURS: daylight hours
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 352-0700
SPECIAL HUNTS: Permits for several youth hunts are available over the counter. A new license fee structure is in place, providing several cost-saving incentives. Some units will return to over-the-counter tags for resident and non-resident youth/junior hunters.


ARKANSAS

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
www.agfc.com
(800) 364-4263

POPULATION: 100,000
2013 HARVEST: 9,029
SEASON DATES: April 19-May 4 (vary by zone)
HUNTER EDUCATION: A hunter born after 1968 must carry a valid hunter education card, unless HE-VERIFIED is noted on the license. Hunters younger than 16 do not need to have a card if they are under the direct supervision of an adult at least 21 years old. Arkansas honors the home state hunter education cards of non-residents.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: two bearded turkeys, no jakes (varies by zone)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 482-9262
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt: April 12-13 statewide for hunters ages 6 to 15. Youth hunters may take one jake as part of the two-bird bag limit.


CALIFORNIA

California Department of Fish and Game
www.dfg.ca.gov
(888) 773-8450

POPULATION: 242,000
SEASON DATES: March 29-May 4; youth: March 22-23, May 5-18; archery: May 5-18
HUNTER EDUCATION: required
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise until 4 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey per day, three per season
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 334-2258
SPECIAL HUNTS: Visit the agency website for details.


COLORADO

Colorado Division of Wildlife
www.wildlife.state.co.us/hunting/turkey
(303) 297-1192

POPULATION: 22,000
2013 HARVEST: 4,171
SEASON DATES: April 12-May 25
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1949
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 265-6648


CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
www.ct.gov/deep/
(860) 642-7239

POPULATION: 35,000
2013 HARVEST: 1,248
SEASON DATES: April 30-May 31
HUNTER EDUCATION: certificate or resident hunting license within the last five years
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise until noon (regular season); Youth Training Days: half an hour before sunrise until 5 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: private land: three bearded birds; state land: two bearded birds
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 842-4357
SPECIAL HUNTS: Youth Training Days: April 19-26


DELAWARE

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
www.dnrec.delaware.gov
(302) 735-3600

POPULATION: 4,000
2013 HARVEST: 614
SEASON DATES: public land Zone A: April 12-18; Zone B: April 19-25; Zone C: April 26-May 2; Zone D: May 3-10
HUNTER EDUCATION: Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1967 is required to complete a hunter education course prior to obtaining a license. All turkey hunters must complete a special turkey hunting safety course before being eligible for a turkey hunting license.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 292-3030
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth and disabled: April 5


FLORIDA

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
myfwc.com/hunting
(850) 488-4676

SEASON DATES: Zone A: March 1-April 6 (youth season Feb. 22-23); Zones B, C and D: March 15-April 20 (youth season March 8-9); Holmes County: March 15-30 (youth season March 8-9)
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born on or after June 1, 1975, unless qualified under Hunter Safety Mentoring Exemption
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset on private land. See specific WMA regulations for public lands.
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey per day, two per season. Season limit is one in Holmes County.
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 404-3922
SPECIAL HUNTS: There are abundant opportunities on the 5.8 million acres of public hunting lands throughout Florida, with some of the best Osceola action found via Special Opportunity Hunts on areas such as Fisheating Creek, Lake George, Dexter Mary Farms Unit and Triple N Ranch. Information on all special opportunity hunts is available on the agency website.


GEORGIA

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
www.gohuntgeorgia.com
(770) 761-3045

POPULATION: 325,000
2013 HARVEST:
35,000
SEASON DATES:
March 22-May 15
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born on or after Jan. 1, 1961. Hunter education is not required to purchase an apprentice hunting license, a three-day hunting and fishing license or when hunting on one's own land or land of a parent or guardian residing in the same household.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: three gobblers
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 241-4113
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth/mobility impaired: March 15-16 (does not apply to public lands unless otherwise indicated in the state hunting regulations)


HAWAII

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/hunting
(808) 587-0166

SEASON DATES: not available
HUNTER EDUCATION: A Hawaii hunter education card or letter of exemption, available on the website, along with proof that hunter education requirements from another state have been met, are required.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: two bearded gobblers


IDAHO

Idaho Fish and Game
www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/
(208) 334-3700

2013 HARVEST: 3,161 (spring)
SEASON DATES:
not available. Visit the agency website for details.
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born on or after Jan. 1, 1975. See website for information on the junior mentored hunting program.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey per day; two bearded turkeys per season
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 392-1111


ILLINOIS

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey/Pages/default.aspx
(217) 782-6302

POPULATION: 94,000
2013 HARVEST: 14,133
SEASON DATES: vary by zone (see agency website for details)
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born on or after Jan. 1, 1980
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey per county or special area; three per person (see agency website for details)
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 236-7529
SPECIAL HUNTS: Several youth hunting opportunities are available through the DNR and NWTF. The Illinois Recreational Access Program offers special access to enrolled private lands to youth turkey hunters drawn for a permit. Check the agency website for more information. The NWTF is partnering with the Torstenson Family Youth Conservation Education Center to introduce youth to turkey hunting. Visit www.illinoisnwtf.org to learn more.


INDIANA

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild
(317) 232-4200

2013 HARVEST: 11,374
SEASON DATES: April 23-May 11
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for those born after Dec. 31, 1986, with an exception for those with an apprentice hunting license
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-4367
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt: April 19-20, for ages 17 and younger with an adult mentor


IOWA

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
www.iowadnr.com
(515) 281-5918

POPULATION: 150,000
2013 HARVEST: 10,565
SEASON DATES: Season 1: April 14-17; Season 2: April 18-22; Season 3: April 23-29; Season 4: April 30-May 18; archery: April 14-May 18
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1972
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey for each valid license
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 532-2020
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth: April 5-13 (residents only)


KANSAS

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/Hunting/Turkey-Information
(620) 672-5911

POPULATION: 350,000
2013 HARVEST:
33,925
SEASON DATES:
April 9-May 31; archery, youth and disabled: April 1-8
HUNTER EDUCATION: Anyone born on or after July 1, 1957, must be certified through an approved course in hunter education before they can hunt. The exception is anyone age 16 and younger may hunt without hunter education certification if they are under the direct supervision of an adult 18 or older. Youth 12 and older may hunt alone if they have completed hunter education.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one gobbler per permit. Permit availability varies across the state. Southwestern Kansas is open to residents through a pre-season drawing. Visit the website for more information.
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 426-3843
SPECIAL HUNTS: At least three NWTF-sponsored youth hunts occur during the early youth and disabled season, with potential for a fourth. Several special hunts on private property and normally closed areas also are available. These hunts are awarded through a pre-season drawing. Applications are accepted on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website.


KENTUCKY

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
www.kdfwr.state.ky.us/
(800) 858-1549

POPULATION: 250,000
2013 HARVEST: 32,498
SEASON DATES: youth: April 5-6; regular season: April 12-May 4
HUNTER EDUCATION: A hunter education card is required if born on or after Jan. 1, 1975.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey; two per season
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 252-5378
SPECIAL HUNTS: The following lands are not owned or managed by the KDFWR and may have special season dates, regulations and hunter requirements: Bluegrass Army Depot, Fort Campbell Military Reservation, Fort Knox Military Reservation, Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge, Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Contact these respective facilities for more information.


LOUISIANA

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
www.wlf.louisiana.gov
(225) 765-2800

POPULATION: 60,000
2013 HARVEST: 7,500
SEASON DATES: Area A: March 22-April 20; Area B: March 22-April 13; Area C: March 22-April 6; private lands youth/physically challenged: March 15-16
HUNTER EDUCATION: Hunter education is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey per day, two per season
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 442-2511


MAINE

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
www.maine.gov/ifw
(207) 287-8000

POPULATION: 55,000
2013 FALL HARVEST: 6,533
SEASON DATES: April 28-May 31
HUNTER EDUCATION: Applicants for an adult hunting license must show proof of having previously held an adult license to hunt with firearms in any year beginning in 1976, or successful completion of an approved hunter safety course from any state. Applicants for an adult archery license must show proof of having held an adult license to hunt with a bow and arrow in any year after 1979, or successful completion of an archery education course.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys per permit holder. A hunter may take up to two bearded wild turkeys but cannot exceed an individual WMD bag limit.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 253-7887
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt weekend: April 26


MARYLAND

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife
(410) 221-8838

POPULATION: 32,000
2013 HARVEST: 3,344
SEASON DATES: April 18-May 23. Check regulations about Sunday hunting in certain counties.
HUNTER EDUCATION: Anyone born after July 1, 1977 must complete a hunter education course unless the person has a license and hunter education certificate from another state.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise until noon: April 18-May 9; half and hour before sunrise until sunset: May 10-23
BAG LIMIT: two bearded turkeys
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 221-8838
SPECIAL HUNTS: junior hunt: April 12-13 in some counties. Junior hunters may hunt all day on special hunt days. Check regulations.


MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife
www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/laws-regulations/plain-lang-sum/hunting-of-wild-turkey.html
(508) 389-6300

POPULATION: 30,000
2013 HARVEST: 2,778 (spring)
SEASON DATES: April 28-May 24
HUNTER EDUCATION: hunter education certification or previous hunting license
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise until noon
BAG LIMIT: annual limit: either two bearded birds in spring (one per day) or one bearded bird in spring and one bird of either sex in fall
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 632-8075
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth day: April 26. Young hunters must participate in a pre-season workshop to be eligible to hunt.


MICHIGAN

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
www.michigan.gov/dnr
(517) 373-1263

POPULATION: 200,000
2013 HARVEST: 31,931 (spring)
SEASON DATES: April 21-May 30
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1960
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour before sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 292-7800
SPECIAL HUNTS: The mentored youth hunting program allows hunters ages 9 and younger to hunt with a mentor who is at least 21 years old, has hunting experience and possesses a valid Michigan license other than an apprentice license.


MINNESOTA

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.mn.us
(888) 646-6367

2013 HARVEST: 10,390
SEASON DATES: April 16-May 29. Check the agency website for requirements.
HUNTER EDUCATION: All hunters ages 12 to 18 or born after Dec. 31, 1979 are required to have a firearms safety certificate. Youth ages 11 and under may hunt wild turkeys without a firearms safety certificate if accompanied by a parent or guardian who has a certificate. Residents ages 12 and older who have not completed hunter education firearms safety training can purchase an apprentice hunter validation, which allows them to hunt small game, wild turkey and deer without having completed hunter education firearms safety training.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one adult male turkey per permit; one permit per hunter
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 652-9093


MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
home.mdwfp.com/wildlife/Species/Turkey
(601) 432-2400

POPULATION: 220,000
2013 HARVEST: 23,807
SEASON DATES: March 15-May 1
HUNTER EDUCATION: All persons born after Jan. 1, 1972, must complete a hunter education course approved by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks before purchasing a hunting license.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one gobbler with a 6-inch or longer beard per day; three per season. Hunters ages 15 and younger: one gobbler per day; three per season
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 237-6278
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth season (hunters ages 15 and younger): March 8-14


MISSOURI

Missouri Department of Conservation
mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/regulations/turkey-regulations/spring-turkey-regulations
(573) 751-4115

POPULATION: 308,000
2013 HARVEST: 46,141
SEASON DATES: youth season: April 12-13; regular season: April 21-May 11
HUNTER EDUCATION: Must be hunter education certified if born on or after Jan. 1, 1967
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: two bearded turkeys. Only one may be taken the first week of the season.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 392-1111
SPECIAL HUNTS: Check the agency website for details about spring managed turkey hunting opportunities.


MONTANA

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
fwp.mt.gov/default.html
(406) 444-2535

SEASON DATES: not available
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1985
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: varies by region
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-6668


NEBRASKA

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/
(402) 471-0641

2013 HARVEST: 21,442
SEASON DATES: spring archery/youth archery: March 25-May 31; youth shotgun: April 5-May 31; shotgun: April 12-May 31
HUNTER EDUCATION: Hunters ages 12 through 29 must complete firearm hunter education to hunt turkeys with a firearm or crossbow.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey per permit; limited to three permits per hunter per calendar year
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 742-7627


NEVADA

Nevada Department of Wildlife
www.ndow.org
(775) 688-1500

SEASON DATES: vary by zone
HUNTER EDUCATION: Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1960 is required to provide proof of hunter education.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to 4 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 992-3030


NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
www.huntnh.com
(603) 271-3421

POPULATION: 40,000
2013 HARVEST: 4,522
SEASON DATES: May 3-31
HUNTER EDUCATION: Anyone applying to hunt with a firearm or bow must present a previous hunting or archery license or a certificate of completion from an approved hunter or bowhunter education course.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise until noon
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 344-4262
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt: April 26-27


NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
www.njfishandwildlife.com
(908) 735-8793

POPULATION: 23,000
2013 HARVEST: 3,073
SEASON DATES: Segment A: April 21-25; Segment B: April 28-May 2; Segment C: May 5-9: Segment D: May 12-16 and 19-23; Segment E: (Saturdays) April 26, May 3, 10 and 17
HUNTER EDUCATION: All first time hunters must pass a hunter education course. A previous hunting license or hunter education certificate is required to purchase a license for anyone born after 1970.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise until noon in Segments A, B, C and E except half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset in Segment D on May 10 and 17.
BAG LIMIT: one gobbler per permit. Hunters may purchase multiple permits.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 222-0456
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth season: April 19, April 21-May 23


NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Wildlife
www.wildlife.state.nm.us
(505) 286-1412

POPULATION: 35,000
SEASON DATES: April 15-May 10
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for hunters younger than 18
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: two bearded turkeys
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 432-4263
SPECIAL HUNTS: Youth hunts are available on select state properties and a special youth hunting season is scheduled prior to the regular season.


NEW YORK

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
www.dec.ny.gov
(518) 402-8886

POPULATION: 200,000
2013 HARVEST: 21,515
SEASON DATES: May 1-31
HUNTER EDUCATION: required
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to noon
BAG LIMIT: two bearded turkeys, one per day
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-7332
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt: April 26-27


NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
www.ncwildlife.org
(919) 707-0050

POPULATION: 260,000
2013 HARVEST: 18,409
SEA SON DATES: youth season: April 5-11; general season: April 12-May 10
HUNTER EDUCATION: required
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: two male turkeys, only one of which may be taken by youth during the youth season
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 662-7137
SPECIAL HUNTS: Permit hunts are available on public game lands. See Permit Hunting Opportunities in North Carolina for more information. The publication is available at www.ncwildlife.org or by calling (919) 707-0150.


NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Game and Fish Department
gf.nd.gov
(701) 328-6300

2013 HARVEST: 4,534
SEA SON DATES: not available
HUNTER EDUCATION: Required if born after Dec. 31, 1961. Exceptions include hunters younger than 12 who hunt with their parent or legal guardian, persons who hunt exclusively on land of which they are the record title owner or operator, and those who obtain an apprentice hunting license.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turk
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 472-2121
SPECIAL HUNTS: First-time spring turkey hunters ages 15 and younger receive one spring license good for the regular hunting season in a specific area.


OHIO

Ohio Division of Wildlife
www.wildohio.com
(800) 945-3543

POPULATION: 180,000
2013 HARVEST: 18,409
SEASON DATES: April 21-May 4 (half an hour before sunrise to noon); May 5-18 (half an hour before sunrise to sunset)
HUNTER EDUCATION: required
HOURS: from April 21-May 4 are 1/2 hour before sunrise to noon; from May 5-May 18 are 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: two bearded turkeys, one per day
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 762-2437
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt: April 19-20


OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
www.wildlifedepartment.com/
(405) 521-2730

POPULATION: 112,250
SEASON DATES: varies by region. Visit the agency website for details.
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for hunters younger than 31. Check the agency website for details.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: varies by zone. See website for details.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 522-8039
SPECIAL HUNTS: Applications for controlled hunts will be available in April for spring 2015 hunts.


OREGON

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
www.dfw.state.or.us
(503) 947-6000

2013 HARVEST: 3,878 (spring)
SEASON DATES: April 15-May 31
HUNTER EDUCATION: Required for hunters under age 18. Mentored hunting allowed for ages 9 to 13. See regulations for details.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: two bearded turkeys
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 452-7888
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt: April 12-13


PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Game Commission
www.pgc.state.pa.us
(717) 787-4250

POPULATION: 191,000
2013 FALL HARVEST: 34,158
SEASON DATES: May 3-May 30
HUNTER EDUCATION: New hunters ages 12 and older are required to complete a hunter/trapper education course with the exception of those hunting with a mentored youth hunting license. Hunters with a license or hunter education certificate from another state are exempt. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers an Advanced Successful Turkey Hunting course. See the agency website for details.
HOURS: April 26 and May 3-17: half an hour before sunrise until noon. May 19-31: half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded bird per regular hunting license. Hunters with a special second license may take a second bearded bird.
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 742-8001
SPECIAL HUNTS: Youth Spring Gobbler Day: April 26


RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
www.dem.ri.gov
(401) 789-0281

POPULATI ON: 3,000
2013 HARVEST: 153 (spring)
SEASON DATES: April 30-May 25
HUNTER EDUCATION: prior year's license, certified hunter safety card or equivalent
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (401) 222-3070
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth and paraplegic hunters: April 26-27


SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.sc.gov
(803) 734-3886

POPULATION: 125,000
SEASON DATES: Zones 1-5: April 1-May 1; Zone 6: March 15-May 1
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after June 30, 1979
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: two per day, five per season
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 922-5431
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth day: March 29


SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
www.gfp.sd.gov/
(605) 223-7660

2013 HARVEST: 7,631 (spring)
SEASON DATES: April 12-May 18
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for ages 16 and younger
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: varies by zone
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 683-7224
SPECIAL HUNTS: A special ADA spring turkey hunt will be held at the Oahe downstream area near Ft. Pierre. Check agency regulations for application guidelines.


TENNESSEE

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
www.tnwildlife.org
(615) 781-6500

POPULATION: 310,000
2013 HARVEST: 32,927
SEASON DATES: March 29-May 11
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1969
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey per day; four per season
POACHER HOTLINES:
West Tennessee (Region I): (800) 831-1173
Middle Tennessee (Region II): (800) 255-8972
Cumberland Plateau (Region III): (800) 241-0767
East Tennessee (Region IV): (800) 831-1174
SPECIAL HUNTS: Young Sportsman Hunt: March 22-23 (ages 6 to 16). One bearded turkey counts toward statewide bag limit unless taken on a WMA where the turkey is counted as a bonus bird. A non-hunting adult at least 21 years old may accompany multiple youths, and must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device.


TEXAS

Texas Parks and Wildlife
www.tpwd.state.tx.us
(800) 792-1112

POPULATION: 500,000
2013 HARVEST: 20,490
SEASON DATES: Rio Grande South Zone: March 15-April 27 (youth: March 8-9 and May 3-4); Rio Grande North Zone: March 29-May 11 (youth: March 22-23 and May 17-18); Rio Grande, Gobbler Only Zone: April 1-30; Eastern Zone: April 15-May 14. Eastern wild turkeys must be checked at a mandatory check station within 24 hours of harvest.
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Sept. 2, 1971. Visit the agency website for more information.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: annual bag limit four (no more than one Eastern)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 792-4263
SPECIAL HUNTS: Visit the agency website for information about draw hunts.


UTAH

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
www.wildlife.utah.gov
(801) 538-4700

POPULATION: 180,000
2013 HARVEST: 2,295
SEASON DATES: limited entry: April 12-24; youth hunt: April 25-27; general season: April 28-May 31
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Dec. 31, 1965
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 662-3337
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt: for ages 15 and younger, April 25-27. Youth permits are valid through the remainder of the statewide general season.


VERMONT

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
www.vtfishandwildlife.com
(808) 241-3700

POPULATION: 45,000
2013 FALL HARVEST: 6,219
SEASON DATES: May 1-31
HUNTER EDUCATION: Hunters, archers and trappers must successfully complete their respective course to purchase their first license. Hunter education course completion certificates from other states or previous held hunting licenses also satisfy the requirement.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to noon
BAG LIMIT: two bearded turkeys
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 752-5378
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt: April 26-27


VIRGINIA

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
www.dgif.virginia.gov
(540) 248-9360

POPULATION: 155,000
2013 HARVEST: 19,265
SEASON DATES: April 12-May 3
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for first-time license buyers and youth hunters. Visit the agency website for exceptions.
HOURS: April 12-May 3: half an hour before sunrise to noon; May 5-17: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bearded turkey per day. Hunters may take up to three turkeys depending on how many turkeys were taken in the fall season.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 237-5712
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth day: April 5


WASHINGTON

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
wdfw.wa.gov
(360) 902-2200

2013 HARVEST: 5,144
SEASON DATES: April 15-May 31
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1972
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: Three bearded turkeys in the spring season, of which only two turkeys may be taken in eastern Washington and one of which may be taken in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties combined.
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 933-9847
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt: April 5-6


WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
www.wvdnr.gov
(304) 558-2771

POPULATION: 140,000
2013 HARVEST: 10,974
SEASON DATES: April 28-May 24
HUNTER EDUCATION: All persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1975 must successfully complete a hunter education course before purchasing a license. Check the agency website for information about apprentice licenses.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: two bearded turkeys
POACHER HOTLINE: (304) 558-2784
SPECIAL HUNTS: youth hunt: April 26


WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
dnr.wi.gov
(888) 936-7463

2013 HARVEST: 37,740
SEASON DATES: April 10-May 21
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if ages 12 to 18 or born after Jan. 1, 1973.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one gobbler per permit with no limit on permit purchases. Limited permits are available in each zone.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-9367


WYOMING

Wyoming Game and Fish Department
gf.state.wy.us
(307) 777-4600

SEASON DATES: vary by region
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Dec. 31, 1965, unless the hunter receives authorization under the department's Hunter Mentor Program. See agency website for details.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: One license per hunter, one wild turkey per license. Hunters can get up to three licenses after the license draw is complete, provided no more than one is a general license.
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 943-3847


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