2015 Spring Hunt Guide

A gobbler pulls his head back, throws his wings down and flexes his muscles as he blows up into full-strut. Another gobbler, likely the boss tom, sees this and runs him down, not allowing him to strut on his turf. A cacophony of fighting purrs and wingbeats sound off as a fight ensues. That’s what we look forward to; the sights and experiences only the spring turkey season can provide.

In the North, snow will soon be melting, signaling the oncoming of spring. In the South, hen-crazed gobblers are already courting and vying for breeding rights. And you, the turkey hunter, are itching to get out there after them.

That is why you will find the spring hunt guide just a bit different this year. We’ve modified it so that you, the loyal NWTF member and turkey enthusiast, has access to the information needed to plan out your epic season. You will still find much of the same information from past issues; but will notice maps that show projected forecasts for hot and cold zones for each county. We hope you find this new format resourceful. We hope you have a great season.

ALABAMA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.outdooralabama.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (334) 242-3469

TURKEY POPULATION: 400,000

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Daylight (varies on WMAs)

BAG LIMIT: Five (combined fall and spring seasons)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 272-4263

ALASKA

No Season

ARIZONA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.azgfd.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (602) 942-3000

TURKEY POPULATION: Merriam’s – 30,000 / Gould’s – 1,200 / Rio Grande – 200

2014 HARVEST: 740 (all sub-species combined)

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Daylight hours

BAG LIMIT: One turkey per calendar year

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 352-0700

ARKANSAS

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.agfc.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 364-4263 or (501) 223-6300

TURKEY 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildlife.ca.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (916) 445-0411

TURKEY POPULATION: 242,000

2014 HARVEST: 9,000

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 4 p.m.

BAG LIMIT: Three bearded birds

POACHER HOTLINE: (888) DFG-CALTIP

COLORADO

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: cpw.state.co.us

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (303) 297-1192

TURKEY POPULATION: 30,000

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-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) COLO-OGT

CONNECTICUT

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.ct.gov/deep/hunting

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (860) 642-7239

TURKEY 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.fw.delaware.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (302) 735-3600

TURKEY POPULATION: 5,000

2014 HARVEST: 684

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until 1:00 p.m.

BAG LIMIT: One bearded bird

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 292-3030

FLORIDA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: myfwc.com/hunting

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (850) 488-4676

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.gohuntgeorgia.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (770) 761-3045

TURKEY POPULATION: 335,000

2014 HARVEST: 33,000

SEASON DATES: March 21 to May 15

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset

BAG LIMIT: Three gobblers (including special-opportunity season)

POACHER HOTLINE: 1-800-241-4113

HAWAII

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/hunting/bird

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.fishandgame.idaho.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: 1-800-632-5999

TURKEY POPULATION: Not available

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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dnr.illinois.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (217) 782-6302

TURKEY POPULATION: 90,133

2014 HARVEST: 13,520

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until 1:00 p.m.

BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)

POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 236-7529

INDIANA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.in.gov/dnr/

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (317) 232-4070

TURKEY POPULATION: 110,000

2014 HARVEST: 10,872

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: One bearded or male turkey

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) TIP-IDNR

IOWA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.iowadnr.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (515) 725-8200

TURKEY POPULATION: 150,000

2014 HARVEST: 11,401

SEASON DATES: April 13 to May 17

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset (shotgun); half-hour 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: kdwpt.state.ks.us/

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (620) 672-5911

TURKEY 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-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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.fw.ky.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 858-1549

TURKEY 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) 25-ALERT

LOUISIANA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wlf.louisiana.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (225) 765-2361

TURKEY 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw/

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (207) 287-8000

TURKEY POPULATION: 55,000 to 60,000

2014 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 (in Maine); or (207) 287-6057 (out-of-state)

MARYLAND

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dnr.maryland.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (410) 221-8838

TURKEY POPULATION: 32,000

2014 HARVEST: 3,325

SEASON DATES: April 18 to May 23

HOURS: Varies (check regulations)

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded birds

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 635-6124

MASSACHUSETTS

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (508) 389-6300

TURKEY POPULATION: 30,000

2014 HARVEST: 2,566 (regular season)

SEASON DATES: April 25 (youth); April 27 to May 23 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to noon

BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 632-8075

MICHIGAN

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.michigan.gov/turkey

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (517) 284-WILD  

TURKEY POPULATION: 200,000

2014 HARVEST: 31,000

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour before sunset

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 292-7800

MINNESOTA
GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dnr.state.mn.us

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (888) 646-6367

2014 HARVEST: 11,447

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset  

BAG LIMIT: One

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 652-9093

MISSISSIPPI

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.mdwfp.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (601) 432-2199

TURKEY POPULATION: 225,000

2014 HARVEST: 27,483

SEASON DATES: March 7-13 (youth); March 14 to May 1 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset

BAG LIMIT: Three

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) BE-SMART

MISSOURI

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: mdc.mo.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (573) 751-4115

TURKEY 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: fwp.mt.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (406) 444-2535

TURKEY 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 regulations)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 847-6668

NEBRASKA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.outdoornebraska.ne.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (402) 471-0641

2014 HARVEST: 18,960

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: One bearded or male turkey per permit

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 742-7627

NEVADA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.ndow.org

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 576-1020

2014 HARVEST: 61

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 4:00 p.m.

BAG LIMIT: One bearded bird

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 992-3030

NEW HAMPSHIRE

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildlife.state.nh.us

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (603) 271-3421

TURKEY POPULATION: 40,000

2014 HARVEST: 3,885 birds

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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.njfishandwildlife.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (908) 735-8793

TURKEY POPULATION: 22,000

2014 HARVEST: 2,883

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Varies (check regulations)

BAG LIMIT: One gobbler per permit (hunters may purchase multiple permits)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 222-0456

NEW MEXICO

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildlife.state.nm.us

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dec.ny.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (518) 402-8886

TURKEY 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: ncwildlife.org

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (919) 707-0010

TURKEY 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: gf.nd.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (701) 328-6300

TURKEY POPULATION: Not available

2014 HARVEST: 1,947

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset (tentative at time of printing)

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 472-2121

OHIO

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildohio.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 945-3543

TURKEY POPULATION: 166,000

2014 HARVEST: 16,556

SEASON DATES: April 20 to May 17

HOURS: Varies (check regulations)

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 762-2437

OKLAHOMA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildlifedepartment.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (405) 521-2730

TURKEY POPULATION: Rio Grande – 100,336; Eastern – 21,413

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 522-8039

OREGON

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dfw.state.or.us

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.pgc.pa.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (717) 787-4250

TURKEY POPULATION: 225,000 

2014 HARVEST: 39,514

SEASON DATES: April 25 (youth); May 2-30 (regular)

HOURS: Varies (check regulations)

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey with regular license (second bearded bird with special license)

POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 742-8001

RHODE ISLAND

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dem.ri.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (401) 222-6800

TURKEY POPULATION: 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dnr.sc.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (803) 734-3886

TURKEY POPULATION: 113,000

2014 HARVEST: 16,248

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before official sunrise to half-hour after official sunset

BAG LIMIT: Five gobblers

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 922-5431

SOUTH DAKOTA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: gfp.sd.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (605) 223-7660

TURKEY POPULATION: Not available

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 (check regulations)

POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 683-7224

TENNESSEE

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.tnwildlife.org

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (615) 781-6610

TURKEY POPULATION: 315,000

2014 HARVEST: 32,615

SEASON DATES: March 28-29 (youth); April 4 to May 17 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: Four bearded turkeys (turkeys taken on quota hunts/specially designated WMAs are bonus)

POACHER HOTLINE: West Tennessee – (800) 831-1173; Middle Tennessee – (800) 255-8972; Cumberland Plateau – (800) 241-0767; East Tennessee – (800) 831-1174

TEXAS

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.tpwd.state.tx.us

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 792-1112

TURKEY POPULATION: 500,000

2014 HARVEST: 19,941

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS:  Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset

BAG LIMIT: Four (no more than one Eastern turkey)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 792-GAME

UTAH

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: wildlife.utah.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (801) 538-4700

TURKEY POPULATION: 25,000 to 35,000

2014 HARVEST: 2,914

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 662-3337

VERMONT

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.vtfishandwildlife.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (802) 241-3700

TURKEY POPULATION: 45,000 to 50,000

2014 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dgif.virginia.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (540) 248-9360

TURKEY POPULATION: 155,000

2014 HARVEST: 17,582

SEASON DATES: April 11 to May 16

HOURS: Varies (check regulations)

BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 237-5712

WASHINGTON

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: wdfw.wa.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (360) 902-2200

2014 HARVEST: 4,873

SEASON DATES: April 15 to May 31

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)

POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 933-9847

WEST VIRGINIA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wvdnr.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (304) 558-2771

TURKEY POPULATION: 140,000

2014 HARVEST: 9,017

SEASON DATES: April 27 to May 23

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys

POACHER HOTLINE: (304) 558-2784

WISCONSIN

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: dnr.wi.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (888) WDNRINFO

2014 HARVEST: 41,815

SEASON DATES: April 15 to 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

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: wgfd.wyo.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (307) 777-4600

TURKEY POPULATION: Increasing following decline

2014 SPRING HARVEST: 1,963

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

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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