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NWTF Wild Turkey Spring Hunting Guide2014 Fall Turkey Hunting Guide

Turkey Country's annual Fall Turkey Hunting Guide gives NWTF members an edge in the realm of scattered flocks and turkey dogs with exclusive information on where to go, along with the basics -- season dates, hunter education requirements, bag limits and more.

NWTF biologists from across the country have furnished you with turkey forecasts, including population data, to help you fine-tune your autumn turkey trips.

Fall turkey hunting presents a unique set of challenges. As always, patience plays an important part of any successful turkey hunt, but seeing a group of jakes running toward your fighting calls or busting up a flock and calling them back will get even the most seasoned longbeard lover fired up.

Use the following information to your advantage, but since regulations can and often do change, double-check the rules before hitting the woods. We've provided state agency websites and phone numbers so you can get the most up-to-date information when planning your hunts.

Good luck, good hunting, and let us know how you did. -- Editors

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ALABAMA

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

POPULATION: 400,000
2013 FALL HARVEST: 47,800
SEASON DATES: Nov. 22-30; Dec. 20-Jan. 1 (Clarke, Clay, Covington, Monroe, Randolph and Talladega Counties)
HUNTER EDUCATION: A hunter education course is mandatory for all non-supervised hunting license buyers born on or after Aug. 1, 1977.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 272-4263


ARIZONA

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

POPULATION: 35,000
2013 HARVEST: 1,007
SEASON DATES: archery: Aug. 22-Sept. 11; gun: Oct. 3-9
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for youth ages 10 to 13
HOURS: daylight hours
BAG LIMIT: one turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 352-0700
SPECIAL HUNTS: Youth can participate in specific seasons where tags are available over the counter. Visit the agency website for details.


CALIFORNIA

California Department of Fish and Game
www.wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting
(916) 445-0411

POPULATION: 242,000
SEASON DATES:Nov. 8-Dec. 7
HUNTER EDUCATION: required
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey per day, two 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: 30,000
SEASON DATES: opens Sept. 1; closing date varies by unit
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1949
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bird, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 265-6648


CONNECTICUT

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

POPULATION: 35,000
2013 HARVEST: 47 (firearm); 60 (archery)
SEASON DATES: varies by zone and firearm
HUNTER EDUCATION: required, or resident hunting license within the last five years
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: archery: two birds, either sex; gun (state land): one bird, either sex; gun (private land/landowner): two birds, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 842-4357


FLORIDA

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

SEASON DATES: varies by sporting arm (except Holmes County, where there is no fall turkey season)
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born on or after June 1, 1975. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one gobbler or bearded turkey per day; two for all fall seasons combined. Some wildlife management areas (WMAs) may differ.
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 404-3922


HAWAII

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

SEASON DATES: Nov. 1-Jan. 19
HUNTER EDUCATION: required
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunse
BAG LIMIT: one bird, either sex, per day


IDAHO

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

2013 HARVEST: Panhandle: Sept. 15-Dec. 15; Clearwater: Nov. 21-Dec. 31; Clearwater West private lands: vary by unit
SEASON DATES:
required if born on or after Jan. 1, 1975
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born on or after Jan. 1, 1975. See website for information on the junior mentored hunting program.
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: varies by unit. See the agency website for details
POACHER HOTLINE: 800 632-5999


ILLINOIS

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

POPULATION: 94,000
2013 HARVEST: The top five counties during 2013 (both seasons) were: Jo Daviess (87), Jefferson (62), Williamson (39), Marion (37) and Union (34)
SEASON DATES: archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 18, all counties except Cook and DuPage (closed during first and second firearm deer seasons); shotgun: Oct. 25-Nov. 2, only the counties designated on the turkey permit
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born on or after Jan. 1, 1980
HOURS: archery: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset; gun: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bird, either sex, per permit; a maximum of two shotgun and two archery permits allowed per hunter
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 236-7529


INDIANA

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

2013 HARVEST: 610
SEASON DATES: archery: Oct. 1-26, Dec. 6-Jan. 4; shotgun: (North Region): Oct. 15-19; (South Region): Oct. 15-26. Check website for counties
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for those born after Dec. 31, 1986, with an exception for those with an apprentice hunting license and exemption information
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bird, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-4367


IOWA

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

POPULATION: 150,000
2013 HARVEST: 703
SEASON DATES: archery: Oct. 1-Dec. 5, Dec. 22-Jan. 10 (Iowa residents only); shotgun: Oct. 13-Dec. 5
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1972
HOURS: archery: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset; shotgun: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one per license, up to two licenses (residents only)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 532-2020


KANSAS

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

POPULATION: 350,000
SEASON DATES:
Oct. 1-Dec. 2, Dec. 15-Jan. 31
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after July 1, 1957. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey, either sex, per permit or game tag (season bag limit of four); varies by unit
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: 2,671
SEASON DATES: archery: Sept. 6-Jan. 19; crossbow: Oct. 1-19, Nov. 8-Dec. 31; gun: Oct. 25-31, Dec. 6-12
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born on or after Jan. 1, 1975. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: our birds total, either sex
* Two birds may be taken during archery/crossbow seasons and two during shotgun season.
* One bird may have a beard 3 inches or longer.
* One bird per day
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 252-5378
SPECIAL HUNTS: The NWTF state chapter and many local chapters host youth or Wheelin' Sportsmen hunts throughout the year.


MAINE

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

POPULATION: 65,000
2013 FALL HARVEST: 2,182
SEASON DATES: Opens Oct. 2, varies by wildlife management district (WMD)
HUNTER EDUCATION: required. Check the website for exemption information
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunse
BAG LIMIT: WMDs 15-17 and 20-25, 28: two birds, either sex; WMDs 12, 13, 18, 26, 29: one bird, either sex; WMDs 1-11, 14, 19, 27 are closed to fall hunting.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 253-7887


MARYLAND

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife
(410) 260-8367

POPULATION: 30,000
2013 HARVEST: 157
SEASON DATES: Nov. 1-8 (Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties); Jan. 22-24 (statewide)
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after July 1, 1977, unless you possess a license and hunter education certificate from another state
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 635-6124


MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife
www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/laws-regulations/plain-lang-sum/hunting-of-wild-turkey.html
(617) 626-1500

POPULATION: 30,000
2013 HARVEST: 160
SEASON DATES: Zones 1-13: Oct. 20-Nov. 1
HUNTER EDUCATION: required, or previous hunting license
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset except as noted in WMA Regulation No. 10
BAG LIMIT: The annual limit is either two bearded birds in spring (one per day) or one bearded bird in spring and one bird of either sex in fall. No hunter may take two birds in fall.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 632-8075


MICHIGAN

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
www.michigan.gov/dnr
(517) 284-9453

POPULATION: 275,000
2013 HARVEST: 4,500 (estimate)
SEASON DATES: Sept. 15-Nov. 14
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1960
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bird, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 292-7800


MINNESOTA

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

2013 HARVEST: 1,078
SEASON DATES: Oct. 4-Nov. 1
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Dec. 31, 1979. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 652-9093


MISSISSIPPI

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

POPULATION: 270,903
SEASON DATES: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1972
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: two turkeys, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 237-6278


MISSOURI

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

POPULATION: 317,000
2013 HARVEST: firearms: 5,929; archery: 2,546
SEASON DATES: archery: Sept. 15-Nov. 14, Nov. 26-Jan. 15; gun: Oct. 10-31
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born on or after Jan. 1, 1967
HOURS: archery season: half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset; gun season: half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: two birds, either sex.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 392-1111


MONTANA

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

SEASON DATES: Sept. 1-Jan. 1
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1985
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: varies by region
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-6668
SPECIAL HUNTS: Several districts in the western region of Montana are limited quota draws. Visit the agency website for details.


NEBRASKA

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

2013 HARVEST: 6,748
SEASON DATES: Sept. 15-Jan. 31
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for hunters age 12 to 29. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: two turkeys per permit (limit two permits per person)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 742-7627


NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
www.wildlife.state.nh.us
(603) 271-3421

POPULATION: 40,000
2013 HARVEST: 831
SEASON DATES: archery: Sept. 15-Dec. 15, varies by wildlife management unit (WMU); gun: Oct. 13-17 (WMUs D1, D2, G, H1, H2, I1, I2, J1, J2, K, L and M)
HUNTER EDUCATION: required, or a previous hunting or archery license. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 344-4262


NEW JERSEY

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

POPULATION: 22,000
2013 HARVEST: 130
SEASON DATES: Oct. 25-Nov. 1 (not on Sunday)
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for all first-time hunters. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey of either sex per permit; multiple permits are available
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 648-8477


NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Wildlife
www.wildlife.state.nm.us
(800) 248-6866

POPULATION: 35,000
SEASON DATES: archery: Sept. 1-30, Nov. 1-30; shotgun: Nov. 1-30
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for hunters younger than 18. The Youth Mentor Program also is available (contact agency for details).
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 432-4263


NEW YORK

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
www.dec.ny.gov
(518) 402-8924

POPULATION: 180,000
SEASON DATES: varies by zone
HUNTER EDUCATION: required
HOURS: sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: varies by zone
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-7332


NORTH DAKOTA

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

2013 HARVEST: 1,012
SEA SON DATES: see agency website
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Dec. 31, 1961. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 472-2121


OHIO

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

POPULATION: 165,000
2013 HARVEST: 1,037
SEASON DATES: Oct. 13-Nov. 30
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for all first-time license buyers. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 762-2437


OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
www.wildlifedepartment.com/
(405) 521-2739

POPULATION: 121,00
2013 HARVEST: 3,389 (fall)
SEASON DATES: archery: Oct. 1-Jan. 15; gun: Nov. 1-21
HUNTER EDUCATION: Required for hunters ages 30 and younger. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey per person. Check the agency website for county regulations. Some counties do not have a fall season.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 522-8039


OREGON

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

SEASON DATES: general season: Oct. 15-Dec. 31; controlled hunts: vary by unit
HUNTER EDUCATION: Required for hunters under age 18.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: two birds of either sex, one per day
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: 191,200
2013 HARVEST: 13,700
SEASON DATES: Nov. 1-21, Nov. 27-29 (varies by unit)
HUNTER EDUCATION: required. Check the website or Game Law Digest for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bird, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 742-8001
SPECIAL HUNTS: Adult hunters can take mentored youth hunters fall turkey hunting. Regulations allow mentors to transfer their fall turkey tag to a mentored youth.


RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
www.dem.ri.gov
(401) 222-6800

POPULATI ON: 3,000
2013 HARVEST: 8
SEASON DATES: archery only: Oct. 1-30
HUNTER EDUCATION: prior year's license or certified hunter education certificate
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise until sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (401) 222-3070


SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
www.gfp.sd.gov/
(605) 773-3387

2013 HARVEST: 9,789
SEASON DATES: Nov. 1-Jan. 31
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for ages 16 and younger. Check the website for apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: varies by zone
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 683-7224


TENNESSEE

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

POPULATION: 315,000
2013 HARVEST: 2,611
SEASON DATES: shotgun/archery: Oct. 12-25. Hunters also may harvest turkeys with archery equipment during archery deer season if the county is open to turkey hunting.
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1969
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: varies by county. Check the agency website for details. Giles, Lawrence and Wayne counties are closed this 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: Check online or in the state hunting and trapping guide for WMA opportunities.


TEXAS

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

POPULATION: 500,000
SEASON DATES: Rio Grande North: Nov. 1-Jan. 4; Rio Grande South: Nov. 1-Jan. 18; Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg and Willacy counties: Nov. 1-Jan. 4. Eastern Turkey Zone: no fall season; Rio Grande One-Gobbler-Only Zone: no fall season
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Sept. 2, 1971
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Annual bag limit is four with no more than one Eastern wild turkey.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 792-4263
SPECIAL HUNTS: Rio Grande North Zone youth season: Oct. 25-26, Jan. 17-18; Rio Grande South Zone youth season: Oct. 25-26; Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg and Willacy counties youth season: Oct. 25-25. Check the website for information on draw hunts.


VERMONT

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

POPULATION: 50,000
2013 FALL HARVEST: 608
SEASON DATES: archery: Oct. 4-24 (all WMUs); gun or bow: Oct. 25-Nov. 2 (WMUs B, D1, D2, G, H, I, J1, J2, L, M, O, P and Q); Oct. 25-Nov. 9 (WMUs F1, F2, K and N)
HUNTER EDUCATION: required. Hunter education course certificates from other states or previously held hunting licenses also satisfy the requirement. Check agency website for apprentice hunting license and exemption information.
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey, either sex
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 752-5378


VIRGINIA

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

POPULATION: 200,000
2013 HARVEST: 5,351
SEASON DATES: archery: Oct. 5-Nov. 9; gun: Oct. 25-Nov. 7, Dec. 1-27, Jan. 10-24. Closing dates and split season dates vary on management units. See agency website for more information.
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for first-time license purchasers and youth hunters age 12 to 15.
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey per day, three per license year, up to two may be taken in the fall
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 237-5712
SPECIAL HUNTS: Youth and Apprentice Fall Turkey Hunting Day is Oct. 18. Youth hunters age 15 and younger or holders of a valid apprentice-hunting license are eligible. Other regulations apply; check the department website for legal and license requirements.


WASHINGTON

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
wdfw.wa.gov
(360) 902-2515

SEASON DATES: Sept. 20-Oct. 10 (northeast, beardless); Sept. 20- Oct. 10 (early fall); Nov. 20-Dec. 15 (late fall). Check the agency website for specific game management units.
HUNTER EDUCATION: required for hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1972
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one bird of either sex (fall seasons); two beardless (northeast beardless season)
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 933-9847
SPECIAL HUNTS: Permit-only fall turkey hunt in Klickitat, Methow and Teanaway. Check the agency website for details.


WEST VIRGINIA

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

POPULATION: 95,000
2013 HARVEST: 1,013
SEASON DATES: varies by county. Check the agency website for details.4
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born on or after Jan. 1, 1975
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: Only one turkey, either sex, may be taken by gun or bow during the fall season.
POACHER HOTLINE: (304) 558-2784 or report online


WISCONSIN

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

2013 HARVEST: 4,633
SEASON DATES: Sept. 13-Nov. 20 (all zones); extended season (zones 1-5 only): Dec. 1-31
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1973. Check agency website for apprentice hunting license and exemption information.
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one per permit; limited permits available in each zone
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-9367


WYOMING

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

2013 HARVEST: 815
SEASON DATES: Hunt Area 4 Bighorn Basin: closed; Hunt Area 1 Black Hills: Nov. 1-30; all other areas: Oct. 1-Dec. 31
HUNTER EDUCATION: required if born after Jan. 1, 1966. Check the agency website for hunter apprentice license and exemption information.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: one turkey, either sex, per license
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 943-3847
SPECIAL HUNTS: Limited Quota Type 3 licenses are available in addition to general licenses in Hunt Areas 2 and 3. After the license draw, hunters may pick up leftover limited-quota licenses on a first come, first serve basis, and may possess up to three licenses, provided at least two are Type 3 licenses. Hunters should secure access to private land before applying for these tags as most wild turkeys in these areas are found there.


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