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Hunting Wild Turkeys - 2016 Spring Hunt Guide

Hunting Wild Turkeys - 2016 Spring Hunt Guide
Reminder: Always check your state’s hunting regulations for specifics.
 
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ALABAMA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.outdooralabama.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (334) 242-3469

TURKEY POPULATION: 400,000 to 450,000

2014 HARVEST: 40,600

SEASON DATES: Varies by county (check regulations)

HOURS: Daylight hours (varies on WMAs)

BAG LIMIT: Five (combined fall and spring seasons)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 272-GAME

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 / Hybrid - 200

2014 HARVEST: 740

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Daylight hours

BAG LIMIT: One per calendar year except as prescribed in regulations

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 352-0700

ARKANSAS

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.agfc.com

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

TURKEY POPULATION: 130,000 to 140,000

2014 HARVEST: 9,122

SEASON DATES: April 9-10 (youth), April 16 to May 1 (regular)

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

BAG LIMIT: Two adult gobblers or bearded hens (youth may harvest one jake)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 482-9262

CALIFORNIA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildlife.ca.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (888) 334-2258

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 5 p.m.

BAG LIMIT: Three bearded turkeys

POACHER HOTLINE: (888) DFG-CALTIP

COLORADO

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: cpw.state.co.us

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (303) 297-1192

TURKEY POPULATION: Merriam’s – 27,000 / Rio Grande – 3,500

2014 HARVEST: 4,100

SEASON DATES: April 9 to May 22 (regular)

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 16-23 (youth); April 27 to May 28 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 5 p.m. (youth); Half-hour before sunrise to noon (regular)

BAG LIMIT: Three bearded birds (private land), two bearded birds (state land)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 842-HELP

DELAWARE

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.fw.delaware.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (302) 735-3600

TURKEY POPULATION: 6,000

2014 HARVEST: 687

SEASON DATES: April 2 (youth); April 9 to May 7 (private land, check regulations for public land dates)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 1 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

TURKEY POPULATION: Osceola – 114,649 / Eastern – 37,885

2014 HARVEST: 19,982

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset on private land; public land varies

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys

POACHER HOTLINE: (888) 404-FWCC

GEORGIA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.gohuntgeorgia.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (770) 761-3045

TURKEY POPULATION: 335,000

2014 HARVEST: 44,106

SEASON DATES: March 19-20 (youth/mobility impaired); March 26 to May 15 (regular)

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

BAG LIMIT: Three gobblers, including special opportunity season

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 241-4113

HAWAII

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

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (808) 974-4221

SEASON DATES: March 1-31

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

BAG LIMIT: Three bearded turkeys

POACHER HOTLINE: (808) 643-DLNR

IDAHO

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.fishandgame.idaho.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 632-5999

TURKEY POPULATION: 30,000

2014 HARVEST: 3,100

SEASON DATES: Check regulations

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 632-5999

ILLINOIS

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dnr.illinois.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (217) 782-6302

TURKEY POPULATION: 103,153

2014 HARVEST: 13,153

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

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

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey per permit, max of three

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: April 23-24 (youth); April 27 to May 15 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) TIP-IDNR

IOWA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.iowadnr.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (515) 725-8200

TURKEY POPULATION: 150,000

2014 HARVEST: 11,401

SEASON DATES: April 9-17 (youth); April 18 to May 22 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey for each valid license and transportation tag issued

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 532-2020

KANSAS

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: ksoutdoors.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (620) 672-5911

TURKEY POPULATION: Rio Grande – 175,000 / Eastern – 87,500 / Hybrid – 87,500

2014 HARVEST: 31,400

SEASON DATES: April 1-12 (youth/disabled); April 4-12 (archery); April 13 to May 31 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey per permit or game tag

POACHER HOTLINE: (877) 426-3843

KENTUCKY

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.fw.ky.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 858-1549

TURKEY POPULATION: 220,000

2014 HARVEST: 29,924

SEASON DATES: April 2-3 (youth); April 16 to May 8 (regular)

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

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys

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: 10,100

SEASON DATES: March 19-20 (youth/physically impaired); Regular season varies (check regulations)

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

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 442-2511

MAINE

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (207) 287-8000

TURKEY POPULATION: 50,000 to 60,000

2014 HARVEST: 6,553

SEASON DATES: April 30 (youth); Regular season varies (check regulations)

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: 33,000

2014 HARVEST: 3,334

SEASON DATES: April 16-17 (youth); April 18 to May 23 (regular)

HOURS: Varies (check regulations)

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys

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: 2,750

SEASON DATES: April 25 to May 21 (Zones 1-13)

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: 31,377

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

TURKEY POPULATION: 85,000

2014 HARVEST: 11,447

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 652-9093

MISSISSIPPI

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.mdwfp.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (601) 432-2199

TURKEY POPULATION: 225,000 to 275,000

2014 HARVEST: 27,483

SEASON DATES: March 8-14 (youth); March 15 to May 1 (regular)

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

BAG LIMIT: Three gobblers

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 9-10 (youth); April 18 to May 8 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. (regular); Half-hour before sunrise to sunset (youth)

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 392-1111

MONTANA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: fwp.mt.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (406) 444-2535

TURKEY POPULATION: 120,000

2014 HARVEST: 2,629

SEASON DATES: April 9 to May 15 (regular)

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.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (402) 471-0641

TURKEY POPULATION: 144,733

2014 HARVEST: 18,960

SEASON DATES: March 25 to May 31 (archery); April 9 to May 31 (youth shotgun); April 16 to May 31 (shotgun)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey per permit

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 742-7627

NEVADA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.ndow.org

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (800) 576-1020

TURKEY POPULATION: 1,200

2014 HARVEST: 61

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

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

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 992-3030

NEW HAMPSHIRE

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

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (603) 271-3421

TURKEY POPULATION: 35,000

2014 HARVEST: 3,885

SEASON DATES: April 30 to May 1 (youth); May 3-31 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until noon

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 344-4262

NEW JERSEY

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.njfishandwildlife.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (609) 292-2965

TURKEY POPULATION: 23,000

2014 HARVEST: 3,046

SEASON DATES: April 23 (youth); Regular season varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Varies (check regulations)

BAG LIMIT: One gobbler per permit

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 222-0456

NEW MEXICO

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

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (505) 476-8000

TURKEY POPULATION: Merriam’s – 14,458 / Rio Grande, Gould’s, Hybrid – n/a

2014 HARVEST: 1,896

SEASON DATES: April 8-10 (youth); April 15 to May 10 (regular; draw permits have shorter season)

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

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys (some draw permits allow one bearded turkey)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 432-GAME

NEW YORK

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dec.ny.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (518) 402-8886

TURKEY POPULATION: 180,000

2014 HARVEST: 15,900

SEASON DATES: April 23-24 (youth); May 1-31 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to noon

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys (youth allowed only one during youth season)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) TIPP-DEC

NORTH CAROLINA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.ncwildlife.org

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (919) 707-0010

TURKEY POPULATION: 260,000

2014 HARVEST: 16,912

SEASON DATES: April 2-8 (youth); April 9 to May 7 (regular)

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

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys (youth allowed only one during youth season)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 662-7137

NORTH DAKOTA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: gf.nd.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: 701-328-6300

TURKEY POPULATION: Hybrid – 22,588 / Merriam’s, Eastern – n/a

2014 HARVEST: 1,947

SEASON DATES: April 9 to May 15

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset

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: 165,000

2014 HARVEST: 16,568

SEASON DATES: April 16-17 (youth); April 18 to May 15 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to noon (April 18 to May 1); Half-hour before sunrise to sunset (May 2-15)

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys (second bird requires additional permit)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 762-2437

OKLAHOMA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.wildlifedepartment.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (405) 521-2730

TURKEY POPULATION: Rio Grande – 117,000 / Eastern – 19,000

2014 HARVEST: 22,394

SEASON DATES: April 2-3 (youth, excluding Southeast Region); April 16-17 (Southeast Region youth); April 6 to May 6 (regular, excluding Southeast Region); April 18 to May 6 (Southeast Region)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: Three (county limits apply)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 522-8039

OREGON

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

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (503) 947-6000

TURKEY POPULATION: Rio Grande – 35,000 / Hybrid 5,000

2014 HARVEST: 3,878

SEASON DATES: April 9-10 (youth); April 15 to May 31 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset

BAG LIMIT: Three bearded turkeys

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 452-7888

PENNSYLVANIA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.pgc.state.pa.us

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (717) 787-4250

TURKEY POPULATION: 210,235

2014 HARVEST: 41,260

SEASON DATES: April 23 (youth); April 30 to May 31 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until noon (April 30 to May 14); Half-hour before sunrise until half-hour after sunset (May 16-31)

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys (second bird requires special wild turkey license)

POACHER HOTLINE: (888) PGC-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 23-24 (youth/paraplegic); April 28 to May 23 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until 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: 120,000

2014 HARVEST: 19,211

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

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

BAG LIMIT: Three gobblers (varies on WMAs)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 922-5431

SOUTH DAKOTA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: gfp.sd.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (605) 223-7660

TURKEY POPULATION: Merriam’s - 32,136 / Eastern – 13,126 / Rio Grande, Hybrid – n/a

2014 HARVEST: 5,884

SEASON DATES: April 2 (archery); April 9 to May 22 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until sunset

BAG LIMIT: Varies (check regulations)

POACHER HOTLINE: (888) OVERBAG

TENNESSEE

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.tnwildlife.org

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (615) 781-6610

TURKEY POPULATION: 248,748

2014 HARVEST: 32,586

SEASON DATES: March 26-27 (youth); April 2 to May 15 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until 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: Rio Grande – 500,000 / Eastern – 8,000 / Merriam’s – 500

2014 HARVEST: 19,941

SEASON DATES: Varies (check regulations)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until 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: Rio Grande – 10,350 / Merriam’s – 7,590 / Hybrid 5,060

2014 HARVEST: 2,295

SEASON DATES: April 29 to May 1 (youth); May 2-31 (regular); April 9-28 (limited-entry)

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

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 662-DEER

VERMONT

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.vtfishandwildlife.com

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (802) 241-3700

TURKEY POPULATION: 30,000 to 50,000

2014 HARVEST: 5,157

SEASON DATES: April 23-24 (youth); May 1-31 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until noon

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys (youth allowed three bearded turkeys)

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 75-ALERT

VIRGINIA

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: www.dgif.virginia.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (540) 248-9360

TURKEY POPULATION: 175,000

2014 HARVEST: 17,582

SEASON DATES: April 2-3 (youth); April 9 to May 14 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until noon (April 9 to May 1); Half-hour before sunrise to sunset (May 2-14)

BAG LIMIT: Three bearded turkeys per license year

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) 237-5712

WASHINGTON

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: wdfw.wa.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (360) 902-2200

TURKEY POPULATION: Merriam’s – 19,847 / Rio Grande 8,397 / Eastern – 229

2014 HARVEST: 3,730

SEASON DATES: April 2-3 (youth); April 15 to May 31 (regular)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise until 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: 90,000

2014 HARVEST: 9,014

SEASON DATES: April 16 (youth); April 18 to May 14 (regular)

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

BAG LIMIT: Two bearded turkeys

POACHER HOTLINE: (800) NET-GAME

WISCONSIN

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: dnr.wi.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (888) 936-7463

TURKEY POPULATION: 350,000

2014 HARVEST: 37,804

SEASON DATES: April 9-10 (youth); April 13 to May 24 (check regulations for period dates)

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) TIP-WDNR

WYOMING

GAME AGENCY WEBSITE: wgfd.wyo.gov

AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: (307) 777-4600

TURKEY POPULATION: Merriam’s – 10,800 / Rio Grande – 2,700 / Hybrid – 1,500

2014 HARVEST: 1,963

SEASON DATES: April 1 to May 20 (Hunt Areas 2, 3 and 5); April 9 to May 20 (Hunt Areas 1 and 4)

HOURS: Half-hour before sunrise to sunset

BAG LIMIT: One bearded turkey; hunters may possess up to three licenses, provided no more than one is a general license

 


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