NWTF Wild Turkey Spring Hunting Guide2015 Spring Turkey Hunting Guide

Turkey Country's annual Spring 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.

Spring 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

ALABAMA

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

POPULATION: 400,000
2014 FALL HARVEST: 47,800
SEASON DATES:
March 14- April 30

  • Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman (except north of Lewis Smith Lake and north of Cullman County Road 437 and west of I-65), Dale, Dallas, Dekalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Geneva (except south of AL Hwy 52, east of AL Hwy 167, west of Houston County line, and north of the Florida line), Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, and Wilcox.

April 1- April 30

  • Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale (west of US Hwy 43), Lawrence (south of AL Hwy 24), Limestone (north of US Hwy 72), Madison, and Winston.

April 22- April 26

  • Cullman (north of Lewis Smith Lake and north of Cullman County Road 437 and west of I-65), Lawrence (north and east of AL Hwy 157 and west of AL Hwy 33 and south of AL Hwy 20), Lauderdale (east of US Hwy 43), and Morgan

HOURS: Daylight (varies on WMAs)
BAG LIMIT: Five (combined fall and spring seasons)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 272-4263


ARIZONA

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

POPULATION: Merriam's - 30,000 / Gould's - 1,200 / Rio Grande - 200
2014 HARVEST: 740 (all sub-species combined)
SEASON DATES: Varies by area. Check here for more info.
HOURS: daylight hours
BAG LIMIT: One (1) turkey per calendar year, except as prescribed in R12-4-120; Check here for more info.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 352-0700


ARKANSAS

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
www.agfc.com
(800) 364-4263 or (501) 223-6300

POPULATION: 90,000
2014 HARVEST: 12,072
SEASON DATES: April 11-12 (youth), April 18 to May 3 (regular)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 482-9262


CALIFORNIA

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

POPULATION: 242,000
2014 HARVEST: 9,000
SEASON DATES:
General: Mar 28 - May 3, 2015
Archery Only: May 4-17, 2015
Additional Junior: Mar 21-22, 2015 & May 4-17, 2015
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 4 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: Three bearded birds
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 334-2258


COLORADO

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/turkey.aspx
(303) 297-1192

POPULATION: 30,000
SEASON DATES: April 11 - May 24; Hunt dates vary by license type and hunt location. Click here for more info.
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys (one with a limited-draw permit; one with unlimited over-the-counter permit)
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 265-6648


CONNECTICUT

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

POPULATION: 35,000
2014 HARVEST: 1,118
SEASON DATES: April 18-25 (youth training days) / April 29 to May 30 (regular season)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 5 p.m. (youth training days); half-hour before sunrise to noon (regular)
BAG LIMIT: Three bearded birds (private land); two bearded birds (state land)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 842-4357


DELAWARE

Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Pages/FWPortal.aspx
(302) 735-3600

POPULATION: 5,000
2014 HARVEST: 684
SEASON DATES: April 11, 2015 - May 9, 2015. Click here for more info.
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: One bearded bird
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 292-3030


FLORIDA

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

SEASON DATES: March 21 - April 26; Click here for more info.
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset on private land; public land varies
BAG LIMIT: Two
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 404-3922


GEORGIA

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
www.gohuntgeorgia.com
(770) 761-3045

POPULATION: 335,000
2014 HARVEST:
33,000
SEASON DATES: March 21 - May 15
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Three gobblers (including special-opportunity season)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 241-4113


HAWAII

State Of Hawaii, Division of Forestry and Wildlife
dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/hunting/bird/
Island of Maui - (808) 984-8100; Island of Molokai - (808) 553-1745; Island of Lana'i - (808) 565-7916; Island of Hawai'i - (808) 974-4221

SEASON DATES: March 1-31
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded birds
POACHER HOTLINE: (808) 643-DLNR


IDAHO

Idaho Fish and Game
www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/
(800) 632-5999

2013 HARVEST: 3,049
SEASON DATES:
April 15 - May 25
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 392-1111


ILLINOIS

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

POPULATION: 90,133
2014 HARVEST: 13,520
SEASON DATES:
Youth Turkey Season (1 permit per year): March 28-29, 2015 (South) / April 4-5, 2015 (North)
Turkey (Spring Shotgun or Archery): April 6 - May 7, 2015 (South) / April 13 - May 14, 2015b (North)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until 1:00 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: Varies; Click here for more info.
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 236-7529


INDIANA

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild
(317) 232-4070

POPULATION: 110,000
2014 HARVEST: 10,872
SEASON DATES:
Youth: April 18-19, 2015
Spring: April 22-May 10, 2015
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: One bearded or male turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-4367


IOWA

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
www.iowadnr.com
(515) 725-8200

POPULATION: 150,000
2014 HARVEST: 11,401
SEASON DATES: April 13 to May 17
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset (shotgun); halfhour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset (archery)
BAG LIMIT: One bearded or male wild turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued
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
2014 HARVEST:
31,988
SEASON DATES:
April 6-14 (archery); April 1-14 (youth/disability); April 15 to May 31 (regular)
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey per permit and one bearded turkey per game tag
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 426-3843


KENTUCKY

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
fw.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
(800) 858-1549

POPULATION: 250,000
2014 HARVEST: 29,943
SEASON DATES: April 11-12 (youth); April 18 to May 10 (regular)
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 252-5378


LOUISIANA

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
fw.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
(225) 765-2361

POPULATION: 60,000
2014 HARVEST: 8,000
SEASON DATES: March 21-22 (youth/physical impaired); March 28 to April 26 (regular)
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two gobblers 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 to 60,000
2014 FALL HARVEST: 4,580
SEASON DATES: May 2 (youth); May 4 to June 6 (regular)
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys (individual WMD bag limit cannot be exceeded)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 253-7887


MARYLAND

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

POPULATION: 32,000
2014 HARVEST: 3,325
SEASON DATES: April 18 to May 23
HOURS:
Junior Hunt: one half hour before sunrise to sunset.
April 18 through May 9: one half hour before sunrise to noon.
May 10 through May 23: one half hour before sunrise to sunset.
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded birds
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
(508) 389-6300

POPULATION: 30,000
2014 HARVEST: 2,566 (regular season)
SEASON DATES: April 26 (youth); April 27 to May 23 (regular)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to noon
BAG LIMIT:
(a) the annual bag limit is 2 turkeys. An adult hunter may choose either of the following options:
(b) two birds in the spring (bearded birds only); only 1 bird per day; with no fall turkey allowed; or
(c) 0-1 bearded bird in the spring and one bird of either sex in the fall.
(d) Note: it is not permissible to take 2 birds in the fall season.
(e) the bag limit during the 1-day mentored youth turkey hunt is one bearded turkey per youth.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 632-8075


MICHIGAN

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

POPULATION: 200,000
2014 HARVEST: 31,000
SEASON DATES: Varies; Click here for more info.
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour before sunset
BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 292-7800


MINNESOTA

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

2014 HARVEST: 11,447
SEASON DATES: April 15 - May 28, 2015
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: One
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 652-9093


MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
www.mdwfp.com
(601) 432-2199

POPULATION: 225,000
2014 HARVEST: 27,483
SEASON DATES: Youth: Mar. 7-13; Spring: Mar. 14 - May 1; Click here for more info.
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Three
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 237-6278


MISSOURI

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

POPULATION: 317,000
2014 HARVEST: 47,603
SEASON DATES: April 11-12 (youth); April 20 to May 10 (regular)
HOURS: Half-before sunrise until sunset (youth); half-hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. (regular)
BAG LIMIT: Two male turkeys or turkeys with visible beards
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 392-1111


MONTANA

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

POPULATION: Stable to increasing
SEASON DATES: April 11 to May 17
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Varies; Check state website.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-6668


NEBRASKA

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

2014 HARVEST: 18,960
SEASON DATES:
Youth Archery: March 25 - May 31
Archery: March 25 - May 31
Youth Shotgun: April 11 - May 31
Shotgun: April 18 - May 31
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: One bearded or male turkey per permit
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 742-7627


NEVADA

Nevada Department of Wildlife
www.ndow.org
(800) 576-1020

2014 HARVEST: 61
SEASON DATES: Varies; Click here for more info.
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 4 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: One bearded bird
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 992-3030


NEW HAMPSHIRE

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

POPULATION: 40,000
2014 HARVEST: 3,885
SEASON DATES: April 25-26 (youth); May 3-31 (regular)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until noon
BAG LIMIT: One bearded or male turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 344-4262


NEW JERSEY

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

POPULATION: 22,000
2014 HARVEST: 2,883
SEASON DATES: Varies; Click here for more info.
HOURS: Hunting hours for the Youth Turkey Hunting Day, hunting periods A, B and C, and the first three Saturdays of hunting period E will be a half hour before sunrise until noon daily. Hunting hours for hunting period D and the last Saturday of hunting period E will be a half hour before sunrise until sunset daily.
BAG LIMIT: One gobbler per permit (hunters may purchase multiple permits)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 222-0456


NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Game & Fish
www.wildlife.state.nm.us
(505) 476-8000

SEASON DATES: April 10-12 (youth); April 15 to May10 (regular); draw permits have shorter season
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys (some draw permits allow one bearded turkey)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 432-4263


NEW YORK

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

POPULATION: 180,000
2014 HARVEST: 15,904
SEASON DATES: April 25-26 (youth); May 1-31 (regular)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until noon
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded birds (youth allowed one bearded bird during the youth season)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-7332


NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Comission
www.ncwildlife.org
(919) 707-0010

POPULATION: 260,000
2014 HARVEST: 16,912
SEASON DATES: April 4-10 (youth); April 11 to May 9 (regular)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Two (only one may be taken during the youth season)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 662-7137


NORTH DAKOTA

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

2014 HARVEST: 1,947
SEA SON DATES: April 11 - May 17
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 472-2121


OHIO

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

POPULATION: 166,000
2014 HARVEST: 16,556
SEASON DATES: April 20 to May 17
HOURS:
Turkey hunting hours from April 20 - May 3, 2015 are half-hour before sunrise to noon.
Turkey hunting hours from May 4 - May 17, 2015 are half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 762-2437


OKLAHOMA

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

POPULATION: Rio Grande - 100,336; Eastern - 21,413
SEASON DATES:
Youth Spring Turkey: Apr. 4 - 5 (statewide, excluding Southeast Region)
Spring Turkey: Apr. 6 - May 6 (statewide, excluding Southeast Region)
Youth Spring Turkey: Apr. 18 - 19 (SE Region)
Spring Turkey: April 20 - May 6 (SE Region)
HOURS: Half-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

2014 HARVEST: 3,878
SEASON DATES: April 15 to May 31
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: One bearded or male turkey (additional turkey with a bonus tag)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 452-7888


PENNSYLVANIA

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

POPULATION: 225,000
2014 HARVEST: 39,514
SEASON DATES: April 25 (youth); May 2-30 (regular)
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey with regular license (second bearded bird with special license)
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 742-8001


RHODE ISLAND

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

POPULATI ON: 3,000
2014 HARVEST: 113
SEASON DATES: April 29 to May 24
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (401) 222-3070


SOUTH CAROLINA

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

POPULATION: 113,000
2014 HARVEST:
16,248
SEASON DATES: Varies; Click here for more info.
HOURS: Half-hour before official sunrise to half-hour after official sunset
BAG LIMIT: Five gobblers
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 922-5431


SOUTH DAKOTA

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

2014 HARVEST: 5,884
SEASON DATES: April 4 to May 17 (archery only); April 11 to May 17 (general)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: varies by zone
POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 683-7224


TENNESSEE

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
www.tnwildlife.org
(615) 781-6610

POPULATION: 315,000
2014 HARVEST: 32,000
SEASON DATES: March 28-29 (youth); April 4 to May 17 (regular)
HOURS: half an hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: Four bearded turkeys (turkeys taken on quota hunts/specially designated WMAs are bonus)
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


TEXAS

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

POPULATION: 500,000
2014 HARVEST: 19,941
SEASON DATES:Varies; Click here for more info.
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: Four (no more than one Eastern turkey)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 792-4263


UTAH

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
www.vtfishandwildlife.com
(801) 538-4700

POPULATION: 25,000 to 35,000
2014 FALL HARVEST: 2,914
SEASON DATES:
Limited-entry season: April 11-30, 2015
Youth: May 1-3, 2015
Spring: May 4-31, 2015
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 662-3337


VERMONT

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

POPULATION: 45,000 to 50,000
2014 FALL HARVEST: 5,157
SEASON DATES: April 25-26 (youth); May 1-31 (regular)
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until noon
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 752-5378


VIRGINIA

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

POPULATION: 155,000
2014 HARVEST: 17,582
SEASON DATES: April 11 to May 16
HOURS:
April 11-May 3: Half-hour before sunrise until noon each day.
May 4-May 16: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
BAG LIMIT: One per day, bearded turkeys only. Hunters may take one, two or three bearded turkeys depending on how many turkeys were taken in the fall season.
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 237-5712


WASHINGTON

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

2014 HARVEST: 4,873
SEASON DATES: April 15 to May 31
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: A total of three (3) turkeys in the spring season with following restrictions: Only two (2) turkeys may be taken in eastern Washington and only one (1) of those may be taken in Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima counties (combined); only one (1) turkey may be taken in western Washington per year outside of Klickitat County. Two (2) turkeys may be taken in Klickitat County
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 933-9847


WEST VIRGINIA

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

POPULATION: 140,000
2014 HARVEST: 9,017
SEASON DATES: April 27 - May 23
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.
BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys
POACHER HOTLINE: (304) 558-2784


WISCONSIN

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

2014 HARVEST: 41,815
SEASON DATES: April 15 - May 26
HOURS: half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: One per permit and one permit maximum per hunting period (limited number in each zone)
POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-9367


WYOMING

Wyoming Game and Fish Department
wgfd.wyo.gov
(307) 777-4600

TURKEY POPULATION: Increasing following decline
2014 HARVEST:
1,963
SEASON DATES: Varies; Click here for more info.
HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset
BAG LIMIT: One (varies in some instances)
POACHER HOTLINE: (877) WGFD-TIP or text 847411 (TIP411) and use WGFD as first word


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