This is a summary of hunting laws, intended solely for informational use and is applicable from July 2014 - February 2015
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SEASON DATES AND RESTRICTIONS
|Oct. 25-31 and Dec. 6-12, 2014
||Sept. 6, 2014 - Jan. 19, 2015
||Oct. 1-19 and Nov. 8 - Dec. 31, 2014
| 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 safety.
• Broadheads at least 7/8” wide, which aren’t barbed, chemically-treated, or have attachments that contain chemicals.
• Four (4) birds total:
• No more than two (2) birds may be
taken during archery and crossbow
• No more than two (2) birds may be
taken during shotgun season, regardless
• No more than one (1) bird may have
a beard length of three (3) inches or
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 limits and harvest
restrictions but can use the youth
permit throughout the license year. The
Youth Sportsman’s License includes two
(2) Youth Turkey Permits. 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
Turkey hunters may not use firearms
to take turkeys during archery
or crossbow-only seasons. On some
WMAs, special equipment restrictions
Firearm turkey hunters 15 years old
and younger must be accompanied by an
adult, who shall remain in a position to
take immediate control of the youth’s
firearm at all times.
HARVEST RECORDING and
The process and requirements for
recording, checking and tagging harvested
turkeys are the same as for deer
POSSESSION/RELEASE OF LIVE
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.
HUNTING TURKEYS OVER BAIT
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 turkey hunting.
TURKEY HUNTING SAFETY TIPS
- Don’t stalk a turkey. The chances of getting close enough for a shot are slim, and odds of becoming involved in an accident increase.
- Eliminate the colors red, white and blue from your turkey hunting outfit. Red or white are the colors hunters are looking for when differentiating a gobbler’s head from the hen’s grayish-blue head. These colors not only put you in danger, but they can be seen by turkeys as well.
- Don’t move, wave or make turkey sounds to alert another hunter to your presence. A quick movement may draw fire. Yell in a loud voice “Hey, I’m here,” and remain hidden.
- Be particularly careful when using a gobbler call. The sound and motion may attract other hunters, and could draw fire.
- When selecting your calling position, sit at the base of a large tree, if one is available, to protect your torso and head. Position yourself so you can see 180 degrees in front of you.
- Never shoot at a sound or movement. Be 100 percent sure of your target. Assume that every sound you hear is made by another hunter.
- When hunting with a turkey decoy, place the decoy about 20 yards from your calling position. To be safe you need a clear line of sight beyond the decoy of at least 80 yards. This will enable you to see any approaching hunter and keep you at a safe distance if another hunter were to shoot at your decoy.
- Keep your shotgun unloaded when not in the field, and open the action or unload your shotgun when climbing a steep hill, stepping over low fence wire, or fording a creek.
- After bagging a turkey, put on an article of hunter orange while carrying the bird out of the field.