Turkey Hunting Regulations 

Turkey Hunting Regulations

  • Only shotguns (10 gauge and smaller) and archery equipment (including crossbows) may be used to hunt turkey. Shot larger than No. 2 common shot is prohibited.
  • Shooting a turkey from a boat is illegal.
  • Turkeys may only be taken from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
  • Firearms must be unloaded and cased while being transported by boat at night (from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise).
  • Turkeys may not be hunted with the use of traps, nets, snares, hooks, explosives, dogs or live decoys. Hunters may not posses electronic or mechanically powered calls.
  • Releasing domestically reared turkeys into the wild is illegal.
  • Capturing wild turkeys or collecting their eggs is illegal.

Baiting Laws

Baiting is the direct or indirect placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering of salt, grain or other feed that could serve to lure or attract wildlife to, on or over any areas where hunters are attempting to take them. An area is considered baited for 10 days following complete removal of bait.

  • Turkeys may not be hunted with the aid of bait.

Turkey Permit Hunts

Turkey hunting is allowed on several WMAs and National Wildlife Refuges through a drawn-permit system. Only permit hunters are allowed to engage in any hunting-related activity, including scouting and photography, during permit hunts.

Permit applications are available Dec. 15-Jan. 15 on the following link:
Turkey Permit Hunt Application