2012-2013 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping
Fall Turkey Hunting
Oct. 27 - Nov. 2 and
Dec. 1-7, 2012
Sept. 1, 2012 - Jan. 21, 2013
Nov. 10 - Dec. 31, 2012
Four (4) birds total, either sex:
• No more than two (2) birds may be taken during archery and
• No more than two (2) birds may be taken during shotgun season,
regardless of weapon.
• No more than one (1) bird may have a beard length of three (3)
inches or longer.
• No more than one (1) bird may be taken per day.
Adult hunters: Unless
exempt, all fall turkey hunters ages 16 and older must carry a Fall Turkey
Permit or have been
issued an authorization number for a Fall Turkey Permit before hunting.
The Fall Turkey Permit is valid for fall archery, crossbow and
shotgun turkey seasons. The permit is good for a total of four turkeys,
following fall turkey bag limits and equipment restrictions.
Youth hunters: Youth
under the age of 12 are exempt from license and turkey permit requirements.
Youth ages 12-15 are eligible to purchase a Youth Turkey Permit, which is valid
during any turkey season for one turkey. Youth hunters must abide by season bag
and harvest restrictions but can use the youth permit throughout
the license year. The Youth Sportsman’s License includes one Youth Turkey
Permit. Anyone may call turkeys, or assist in the hunt, for a legal hunter.
Callers and assistants don’t have to possess hunting licenses or turkey permits
if they are not turkey hunting, and may carry equipment while in the field.
Turkey hunters may not use firearms to take turkeys during archery or
crossbow-only seasons. On some WMAs, special equipment restrictions apply, as
noted in the Public Land Hunting section, which begins on page 41.
all four birds be taken with archery or crossbow equipment?
but only two may be taken during the archery-only or crossbow seasons. The other
two must be taken during the shotgun seasons.
more than one Youth Turkey Permit be purchased?
Youth hunters may buy multiple Youth Turkey Permits, but
must follow the season bag limit.
Firearm turkey hunters 15 years old and younger must be ccompanied by an
adult, who shall remain in a position to take immediate control of the youth’s
firearm at all times.
HARVEST RECORDING & TAGGING REQUIREMENTS
The process and requirements for recording, checking and tagging
harvested turkeys are the same as for deer, elk and bear. See page 10.
POSSESSION/RELEASE OF LIVE TURKEYS
Because of potential disease problems and genetic pollution, it is
illegal to possess live wild turkeys. For the same reasons, domestic or
pen-raised turkeys should not be released into the wild. Hunters also take
note: ONLY licensed taxidermists may sell the inedible
parts from harvested wild turkeys,
including tail fans, beards and spurs.
HUNTING TURKEYS OVER BAIT IS ILLEGAL
It is illegal to hunt turkeys over bait – an area where feed, grains or
other substances capable of luring wild turkeys have been placed. An area is
considered baited until 30 days after the bait has been removed. An area where
grain, feed or other substance exists as the result of bona fide agricultural
practice or manipulating a crop for a wildlife management purpose is legal for
LEGAL FALL TURKEY EQUIPMENT
• Breech-loading or muzzleloading shotguns no larger than
10-gauge and no smaller than 20-gauge.
• Breech-loading shotguns must be plugged to hold a maximum
of three shells (two in magazine and one in chamber).
• Lead or non-toxic shot no larger than number 4.
• Longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows, of any draw
weight (no minimum).
• Crossbows, of any draw weight (no minimum), with a working
• Broadheads at least 7/8” wide, which aren’t barbed,
chemically-treated, or have attachments that contain chemicals.
Scoring a record turkey!
For information about scoring a turkey for the official NWTF records
system, log on to www.nwtf.org or
contact National Wild Turkey Federation, Attn: Wild Turkey Records, P.O. Box
530, Edgefield, SC 29824-0530, telephone: 1-800-THE-NWTF.
Any incorporated nonprofit wildlife conservation organization or club can
apply for a Commission Conservation Permit (Special Permit) in writing by
submitting a conservation project proposal. Awarded permits can then be sold to
raise money for the project. The Commission may award up to ten quota elk
hunting permits, ten deer permits, ten turkey, ten waterfowl and ten trout
permits each year. Applicants may apply for one special permit per species. For
application details, visit fw.ky.gov and
click on “Commissioner’s Office.” The deadline is May 1.