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2005 state-by-state spring turkey hunt guide

5/10/2005

Alabama

  • Dates: March 15-April 30 (varies).

  • Bag limit: One gobbler per day, five during combined fall and spring seasons. Varies by area. Decoys legal.

  • Legal hours: Sunrise to sunset; WMAs, sunrise to noon.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter education safety requirement: Anyone born on or after Aug. 1, 1977, must complete hunter education.

  • Contact: 334-242-3467, www.outdooralabama.com.

    Alaska

  • No spring season.

    Arizona

  • Dates: April 22-May 19 (varies by area).

  • Bag limit: One per year, bearded turkey only.

  • Legal hours: Sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: Oct. 12, 2004.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Ages 10 to 14.

  • Contact: 602-942-3000, www.azgfd.com.

    Arkansas

  • Dates: April 9-May 6 (varies); youth hunt April 2-3; and Mar. 26-27 for Zone 17.

  • Bag limit: Two bearded turkeys (only one can be a jake).

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2005 for WMA permit.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Dec. 31, 1968.

  • Contact: 800-364-4263, www.agfc.state.ar.us/.

    California

  • Dates: March 26-May 1.

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey per day, three per season.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 4 p.m.

  • Application deadline: Feb. 10, 2005.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter education certificate or hunting license from any state.

  • Contact: 916-445-0411, www.dfg.ca.gov.

    Colorado

  • Dates: April 9-May 22 (closing dates vary).

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: Feb. 10, 2005, for state lands.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan.1, 1949.

  • Contact: 303-297-1192, wildlife.state.co.us.

    Connecticut

  • Dates: May 4-28; youth hunt, April 30.

  • Bag limit: Private — three bearded turkeys; public land — two bearded turkeys.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

  • Application deadline: Dec. 3, 2004, for public land.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate within last five years.

  • Contact: 860-642-7239, www.dep.state.ct.us.

    Delaware

  • Dates: April 18-May 7.

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 1 p.m.

  • Application deadline: Public land only — Dec. 3, 2004.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan. 1, 1967.

  • Contact: 302-739-5297, www.dnrec.state.de.us.

    Florida

  • Dates: March 5-April 24 (varies).

  • Bag limit: One per day, two per season. Possession limit is one.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after June 1, 1975.

  • Contact: 850-488-4676, www.myfwc.com.

    Georgia

  • Dates: March 26-May 15.

  • Bag limit: Three gobblers.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan. 1, 1961.

  • Contact: 770-918-6416, www.gohuntgeorgia.com.

    Hawaii

  • Dates: March 1-April 14 (varies).

  • Bag limit: Two bearded male birds per day. Possession limit is three per season.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: Jan. 15-Feb. 15, 2005.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate from any state.

  • Contact: 808-587-0166, www.state.hi.us./dlnr.

    Idaho

  • Dates: April 15-May 25; Youth, April 9-10; allowed in general-season units.

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey per day, two per spring.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application period: Dec. 1, 2004, until to three weeks prior to season.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan. 1, 1975.

  • Contact: 208-334-2920, www2.state.id.us/fishgame/.

    Illinois

  • Dates: April 4-May 12 (varies); youth, March 26-27 (south), April 2-3 (north).

  • Bag limit: One gobbler or bearded hen per permit; maximum of three permits.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 1 p.m.

  • Application deadline: March 15.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after Jan. 1, 1980; must have valid hunter ed. certificate and youth permit.

  • Contact: 217-782-7305, www.dnr.state.il.us.

    Indiana

  • Dates: April 27-May 15; youth, ages 17 and younger can hunt the regular season with $7 youth license.

  • Bag limit: One bearded or male turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset (may vary on Fish and Wildlife property).

  • Application deadline: Jan. 26, 2005, for nonresidents.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Dec. 31, 1986.

  • Contact: 317-233-4976, www.wildlife.in.gov.

    Iowa

  • Dates: April 11-May 15 (varies); youth, April 8-10.

  • Bag limit: Two bearded turkeys.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: May 30.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan. 1, 1967.

  • Contact: 515-281-5918, www.iowadnr.com/.

    Kansas

  • Dates: April 13-May 31; youth, April 8-10.

  • Bag limit: One turkey per permit.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after July 1, 1957.

  • Contact: 620-672-5911, www.kdwp.state.ks.us.

    Kentucky

  • Dates: April 15-May 5.

  • Bag limit: Two bearded turkeys.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes hour after sunset.

  • Application deadline: WMA lottery Feb. 15, 2005.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan. 1, 1975.

  • Contact: 800-858-1549, www.kdfwr.state.ky.us/.

    Louisiana

  • Dates: March 25-April 24 (proposed); youth, March 19-20, on private land only.

  • Bag limit: One gobbler per day, two per season.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes hour after sunset.

  • Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2005.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after Sept. 1, 1969.

  • Contact: 225-765-2350, www.wlf.state.la.us.

    Maine

  • Dates: May 2-June 4 (proposed, with limited number of permits); youth hunt, April 30, available to permit holders ages 10 to 15 as accompanied by adult.

  • Bag limit: One bearded bird.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate or hunting license from any state.

  • Contact: 207-287-8000, www.state.me.us/ifw/.

    Maryland

  • Dates: April 18-May 23; youth, April 16, with a youth hunter accompanied by a licensed, unarmed adult who is age 21 or older.

  • Bag limit: One per day, two birds per season.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

  • Application deadline: March 15.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after July 1, 1977.

  • Contact: 410-260-8540, www.dnr.state.md.us.

    Massachusetts

  • Dates: April 25-May 21 (varies). No Sunday hunting.

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey per day, two per year; safety sticker required.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

  • Application period: Jan. 1-Feb. 1.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate or hunting license from any state.

  • Contact: 508-792-7270, www.mass.gov/masswildlife.

    Michigan

  • Dates: April 18-May 31 (varies).

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: Dec. 3, 2004.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate from any state.

  • Contact: 517-373-1263, www.michigan.gov/dnr.

    Minnesota

  • Dates: April 13-May 26 (varies).

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise until 5 p.m.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Dec. 31, 1979.

  • Contact: 888-646-6367, www.dnr.state.mn.us.

    Mississippi

  • Dates: March 15-May 1; youth, March 8-14.

  • Bag limit: One gobbler with 6-inch beard or longer per day, three per year.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: March 15.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after Jan. 1, 1972.

  • Contact: 800-546-4868, www.mdwfp.com.

    Missouri

  • Dates: April 18-May 8; youth, April 9-10, open to residents ages 15 or younger.

  • Bag limit: Two bearded turkeys per season, one per day.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 1 p.m.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after Jan. 1, 1967.

  • Contact: 573-751-4115, www.missouriconservation.org.

    Montana

  • Dates: April 9-May 8 (proposed).

  • Bag limit: Two male turkeys.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: Feb. 7.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan. 1, 1985.

  • Contact: 406-444-2535, www.fwp.state.mt.us/.

    Nebraska

  • Dates: March 25-May 22 (proposed and varies); youth, April 9-10.

  • Bag limit: One per permit, up to two permits.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after Jan. 1, 1977.

  • Contact: 402-471-0641, www.ngpc.state.ne.us/.

    Nevada

  • Dates: March 26-May 1 (varies).

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey; one either-sex turkey for select areas and dates .

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 1 p.m.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after Jan. 1, 1960.

  • Application period: Feb. 1-22.

  • Contact: 775-688-1500, www.ndow.org.

    New Hampshire

  • Dates: May 3-31; youth, April 30-May 1

  • Bag limit: One bearded or male turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

  • Application deadline: Feb. 7, 2005 (Unit 2).

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate or hunting license from any state.

  • Contact: 603-271-3422, www.wildlife.state.nh.us/.

    New Jersey

  • Dates: April 18-May 27, youth hunt April 16.

  • Bag limit: One male turkey per permit, one turkey per day.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: None.

  • Contact: 908-735-8793, www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw.

    New Mexico

  • Dates: April 15-May 10.

  • Bag limit: Two turkeys with visible beards (varies).

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: March 1 for quota-permit hunts.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate required for hunters age 17 and younger.

  • Contact: 505-476-8000, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

    New York

  • Dates: May 1-31; youth, April 23-24, for ages 12-15, as accompanied by eligible adult.

  • Bag limit: Two bearded turkeys, one per day. Turkeys should be reported within 48 hours to 866-426-3778.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

  • Application deadline: Permits may be purchased over the counter until the last two days of the season.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate or hunting license from any state.

  • Contact: 518-402-8843, www.dec.state.ny.us.

    North Carolina

  • Dates: April 9-May 7; youth, April 9, limited to select game lands.

  • Bag limit: One per day, two per season.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate or hunting license from any state.

  • Contact: 919-733-7291, www.ncwildlife.org.

    North Dakota

  • Dates: April 9-May 8 (tentative). Season closed to nonresidents. Residents must apply for a specific hunting unit.

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: None for general hunts. May 1 for controlled hunts.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after 1961.

  • Contact: 701-328-6300, www.state.nd.us/gnf.

    Ohio

  • Dates: April 18-May 15, youth season, April 16-17.

  • Bag limit: Two bearded turkeys, one per day.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise until noon. Youth: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate from any state.

  • Contact: 614-265-6300, www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife.

    Oklahoma

  • Dates: April 6-May 6; youth-only hunts available on select WMAs.

  • Bag limit: Three bearded turkeys (varies).

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after Jan. 1, 1972.

  • Contact: 405-521-2730, www.wildlifedepartment.com.

    Oregon

  • Dates: April 15-May 31.

  • Bag limit: One bearded per day, two per season. Bonus turkey in 10 counties.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Required for ages 17 and younger.

  • Contact: 503-947-6300, www.dfw.state.or.us.

    Pennsylvania

  • Dates: April 30-May 28; youth, April 23, youth hunters eligible with general hunting license.

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate or hunting license from any state.

  • Contact: 717-787-2084, www.pgc.state.pa.us.

    Rhode Island

  • Dates: April 28-May 26, youth, April 23-24.

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 1 p.m.

  • Application deadline: Feb. 28.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate or hunting license from any state.

  • Contact: 401-789-0281, www.dem.state.ri.us.

    South Carolina

  • Dates:March 15-May 2 (varies); youth, March 26.

  • Bag limit: Two per day, five per season (varies).

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: Feb. 9.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after June 30, 1979.

  • Contact: 803-734-3886, www.dnr.state.sc.us.

    South Dakota

  • Dates: April 9-May 15 (varies).

  • Bag limit: One to two birds (varies by license type).

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: Feb. 25 for spring prairie turkey, residents and non-residents. Feb. 25 for Custer State Park spring turkey, residents. No deadline for Black Hills spring turkey, residents and non-residents.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate required for hunters ages 15 and younger.

  • Contact: 605-773-3485, www.sdgfp.info.

    Tennessee

  • Dates: April 9-May 11, youth hunt, March 26-27.

  • Bag limit: Four birds per season with restrictions.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after Jan. 1, 1969.

  • Contact: 615-781-6500, www.state.tn.us/twra/index.html.

    Texas

  • Dates: March 26-May 8; youth, Jan. 15-16. Youth-only hunt on Walter Buck WMA and Guadalupe River SP, with permit.

  • Bag limit: Four Rio Grande turkeys or three Rio Grandes and one Eastern species (varies by county).

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born on or after Sept. 2, 1971.

  • Contact: 512-389-4505, www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

    Utah

  • Dates: April 9-May 31.

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: Dec. 27, 2004.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Dec. 21, 1965.

  • Contact: 801-538-4700, www.wildlife.utah.gov.

    Vermont

  • Dates: May 1-31; youth, April 23-24, under age 16 with hunter ed. certificate, permit and accompanied by eligible adult age 18 or older.

  • Bag limit: Two bearded turkeys; youths may take three bearded turkeys.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

  • Application deadline: Dec. 10, 2004.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate or hunting license from any state.

  • Contact: 802-241-3700, www.anr.state.vt.us/fw/fwhome.

    Virginia

  • Dates: April 9-May 14; youth, April 2, ages 14 and younger and accompanied by eligible non-hunting adult.

  • Bag limit: One per day, three per calendar year — of which only two can be taken in the fall.

  • Legal hours: April 9-30, 30 minutes before sunrise to noon, May 2-14, 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application period: Jan. 1-31.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate required for hunters ages 12 to 15 or first-time hunters ages 16 and older.

  • Contact: 804-367-1000, www.dgif.state.va.us.

    Washington

  • Dates: April 15-May 15; youth, April 9-10, only in specific game management units..

  • Bag limit: Three (special restrictions).

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

  • Application deadline: None.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan. 1, 1972.

  • Contact: 360-902-2515, http://wdfw.wa.gov.

    West Virginia

  • Dates: April 25-May 21; youth, April 23, must be ages 10 to 14 years and accompanied by a licensed non-hunting adult age 21 or older.

  • Bag limit: Two bearded turkeys per season, one per day.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 1 p.m.

  • Application deadline: None; permits may be purchased over the counter.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan. 1, 1975.

  • Contact: 304-558-2771, www.wvdnr.gov.

    Wisconsin

  • Dates: April 13-May 22, except Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Bag limit: One bearded or male turkey per tag issued.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 5 p.m.

  • Application deadline: Dec. 10, 2004.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan. 1, 1973.

  • Contact: 608-266-2621, www.dnr.state.wi.us.

    Wyoming

  • Dates: April 1-May 15 (varies).

  • Bag limit: One male or bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Application deadline: March 3.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Born after Jan. 1, 1966.

  • Contact: 307-777-4600, http://gf.state.wy.us.

    CANADIAN PROVINCES

    British Columbia

  • Dates: April 20-May 10 (tentative).

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: One hour before sunrise to One hour after sunset.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: None; non-resident hunter must be with licensed guide.

  • Contact:800-663-7867 or wlapwww.gov.bc.ca/fw.

    Manitoba

  • Dates: April 30-May 22, open to Manitoba residents only.

  • Bag limit: One bearded turkey.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate or hunting license from any state.

  • Contact: 800-214-6497 or www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wildlife.

    Ontario

  • Dates: April 25-May 31, archery only on Sundays.

  • Bag limit: One per license, two licenses maximum per hunter.

  • Legal hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

  • Hunter ed. safety req.: Hunter ed. certificate from Ontario or from any state.

  • Contact: 800-667-1940.


    Material from Turkey Call magazine, National Wild Turkey Federation. Visit the Web site at www.nwtf.org

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