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Spring 2009 Turkey Hunting Guide

Editor's Note: Season dates are stated in general terms. Some license fees may have changed. Check official regulations for details before hunting!

It’s a great time to be a turkey hunter. With an estimated 6.4 million wild turkeys in North America and open hunting seasons in 49 states and Ontario, opportunities to pursue spring gobblers are almost beyond comprehension.

With four subspecies (plus the Gould’s in Mexico), sorting out your options is a real challenge. Whether hunting at home or traveling, you’ll need the details. Turkey & Turkey Hunting’s annual spring hunting guide provides information on season dates, license deadlines and contact information for each state and Ontario. We’ve also updated harvest results and nonresident license fees when they were available.

Talk about your planned hunts in our State Forums. Many state agencies offer online license applications as well as detailed regulations, hunter statistics and more.

Have a great spring season and remember: Be safe. Your fellow hunters are depending on you.

Alabama
Alabama Dept. of Conservation/Natural Resources
64 N. Union St.
Montgomery, AL 36130
www.dcnr.state.al.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $275
10-Day License - $170
3-Day License - $120Est. Pop. 500,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Mid-March to late April

Bag: Gobblers only.
1 per day; 5 per year

Arizona
Arizona Game and Fish
2221 W. Greenway Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85023
www.gf.state.az.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $151.25
+ Turkey Tag - $77.75Est. Pop. 20,000
Application Deadline: Early OctoberSeason: Late April to Late May

Bag: 1 bearded

Arkansas
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
www.agfc.state.ar.us
Non-Resident License Fees
All Game License - $300
5-Day License - $150
3-Day License - $100Est. Pop. 160,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: TBD

Bag: TBD

California
California Department of Fish and Game
1416 9th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
www.dfg.ca.gov
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $134.95
2-Day License -  $38.85
+ Game Bird Stamp - $7.90Est. Pop. 100,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Late March to early May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per day; 3 per season

Colorado
Colorado Division of Wildlife
6060 Broadway
Denver, CO 80216
http://wildlife.state.co.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $101Est. Pop.  225,000
Application Deadline: Early Feb. or OTCSeason: Mid-April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded bird

Connecticut
Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
79 Elm St.
Hartford, CT 06106
http://dep.state.ct.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Firearms License - $67
+ Turkey Tag - $14Est. Pop. 38,000
Application Deadline: Early FebruarySeason: Early to Late May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per day; 3 per season private; 2 public

Delaware
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
www.fw.delaware.gov
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $86Est. Pop. 4,000
Application Deadline: Dec. 8Season: Mid-April to early May

Bag: 1 bearded bird

Florida
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
620 S. Meridan St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
http://myfwc.com
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $151.50
$10-Day License - $46.50
+ Turkey permit - $100Est. Pop. 125,000
Application Deadline: No, except for quota and special huntsSeason:  Mid-March to Mid-April

Bag: 1 per day; 2 per season

Georgia
Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources
Game Management Section, 2109 Hwy. 278, SE
Social Circle, GA 30025
www.gadnr.org
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License  - $75
3-Day - $30
1-Day - $12
+ Big Game Fee - $135Est. Pop. 350,000
Application Deadline: Feb. 18 for quota huntsSeason: Late March to Mid- May

Bag: 3 gobblers

Hawaii
Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
www.dofaw.net
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $105
+ Turkey Tag - $10Est. Pop. 35,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: March 1 to March 31

Bag: 2 bearded birds per season

Idaho
Idaho Fish and Game
600 S. Walnut St.
Boise, ID 83707
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov
Non-Resident License Fees
Small Game - $81.75
+ General/Extra Turkey Tag - $67.50Est. Pop. 30,000
Application Deadline: Feb. 15Season: Mid-April to Late May

3 bearded birds per year

Illinois
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702
http://dnr.state.il.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $50.75
+ Habitat Stamp - $5.50
+ Turkey Permit - $125Est. Pop. 130,000
Application Deadline: VariedSeason: Mid-April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per permit; 3 permit max.

Indiana
Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife
402 W. Washington St. - Room W273
Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.in.gov/dnr
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $80
+ Habitat Stamp - $6.75
+ Turkey License - $120Est. Pop. 118,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Late April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded or male bird

Iowa
Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
502 E. 9th
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
www.iowadnr.com
Non-Resident License Fees
General License - $80.50
+ Habitat Fee - $8.50
+ Turkey Tag - $100.50Est. Pop. 220,000
Application Deadline: Early FebruarySeason: 4 periods; mid-April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded bird

Kansas
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks
512 SE 25th Ave.
Pratt, KS 67124
www.kdwp.state.ks.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $72.50
+ Turkey Permit - $32.50Est. Pop. 200,000
Application Deadline: No, (except for Unit 4)Season: Mid-April to late May

Bag: 2 per season

Kentucky
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources
1 Game Farm Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
www.kdfwr.state.ky.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $115
+ Spring Turkey -$50Est. Pop. 230,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Mid-April to early May

Bag: 1 gobbler per day; 2 per season

Louisiana
Louisiana Dept. of Wildife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
www.wlf.state.la.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Basic License - $150
+ Big Game - $150
+ Turkey Tag - $20.50Est. Pop. 80,000
Application Deadline: Only for special lottery huntsSeason: Late March to late April

Bag: 1 bearded bird per day; 2 per season

Maine
Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
284 State St.
Augusta, ME 04333
www.state.me.us/ifw
Non-Resident License Fees
Big Game License - $102
+ Spring Permit - $47Est. Pop. 20,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Early to late May

Bag: 1 bearded bird

Maryland
Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401
www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $130Est. Pop. 32,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Mid-April to late May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per day; 2 per season

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
251 Causeway St. - Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw.dfwrec.htm
Non-Resident License Fees
Big Game License - $99.50
Application Deadline: Mid-MarchSeason: Late April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per day; 2 per season

Michigan
Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
Box 30444
Lansing, MI 48909
www.michigan.gov/dnr
Non-Resident License Fees
Spring or Fall Tag - $69
+ Application fee - $4Est. Pop. 195,000
Application Deadline: February 1Season: Mid-April to late May

Bag: 1 bearded bird

Minnesota
Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155
www.dnr.state.mn.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Spring or Fall Turkey Tag + application fee - $78
+ Turkey Stamp - $5Est. Pop.  45,000
Application Deadline: Dec. 1Season: Eight 5-day periods beginning mid-April

Bag: 1 bearded bird

Mississippi
Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
www.mdwfp.com
Non-Resident License Fees
Game License - $303.85
7-Day License - $128.85
+ Turkey Tag -  $21.85 eachEst. Pop. 300,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: March 14 to May 3

Bag: 1 per day; 3 per season (must have 6-inch beard)

Missouri
Missouri Dept. of Conservation
Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102
http://mdc.mo.gov/
Non-Resident License Fees
Spring Turkey Permit - $175Est. Pop. 575,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Mid-April to early May

Bag: 2 bearded birds per season; 1 first wk.; 1 per day wks. 2, 3

Montana
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
1420 E. 6th Ave.
Helena, MT 59620
www.fwp.state.mt.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Spring or Fall Turkey License - $115Est. Pop. 75,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: TBD

Bag: 1 male turkey

Nebraska
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68503
www.ngpc.state.ne.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Wild Turkey Permit - $86Est. Pop. 100,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Mid-April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded bird

Nevada
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife
1100 Valley Rd
Reno, NV 89512
www.ndow.org
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $142
+ tag - $50 (no upland stamp is necessary)Est. Pop. 2,000
Application Deadline: Early FebruarySeason: Seperate Segments from March to May

Bag: 1 bearded bird

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Fish and Game
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH  03301
www.wildlife.state.nh.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $103
+ Turkey Permit - $6
+ Habitat Fee - $2.50Est. Pop. 25,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Most of May

Bag: 1 bearded bird

New Jersey
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
Box 400
Trenton, NJ 08625
www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $135.50
+ Turkey Permit - $21Est. Pop. 22,000
Application Deadline: Early FebruarySeason: Six 5-Day and Sat. segments beginning mid-April

Bag: 1 bearded bird; 2 permits possible

New Mexico
New Mexico Game and Fish
One Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
www.wildlife.state.nm.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $110
+ Habitat Stamp -  $5
+ Second Tag - $10Est. Pop. 35,000
Application Deadline: Early February for DrawSeason: Mid-April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per season; 2 in some units

New York
New York Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr
Non-Resident License Fees
Small Game - $55
+ Turkey Permit - $30Est. Pop. 250,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: May 1 to May 31

Bag: 1 bearded bird per day; 2 per season

North Carolina
North Carolina Wildlife Commission
512 N. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27604
www.ncwildlife.org
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $60
+ Big Game License - $60Est. Pop. 150,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Mid-April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per day; 2 per season

North Dakota
North Dakota Game and Fish
100 North Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58501
http://gf.nd.gov
Non-Resident License Fees
No nonresident turkey hunted permitted during spring seasonEst. Pop. 20,000
Application Deadline:  Open only to ND residentsSeason: Mid-April

Bag: 1 bearded bird

Ohio
Ohio Division of Wildlife
2045 Morse Rd. Bldg. G
Columbus, OH 43229
www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $125
+ Fall or Spring Permit - $24Est. Pop. 220,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Late April to late May

Bag: 1 per day; 2 per season

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
1801 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
www.wildlifedepartment.com
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $137
+ Turkey Permit -  $10
+ Legacy Permit - $5Est. Pop. 120,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Early April to early May

Bag: 3 toms per season
2 from SE counties

Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
3406 Cherry Ave.
Salem, OR 97303
www.dfw.state.or.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $76.50
+ Turkey Tag $64Est. Pop. 40,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: April 15 to May 31

Bag: 1 bearded bird per day; 2 per season

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game Commission
2001 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
www.pgc.state.pa.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $101
+ Second Tag - $41Est. Pop. 363,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Late April to late May

Bag: 1 gobbler per day, 2 per season

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife
4808 Tower Hill Rd
Wakefield, RI 02879
www.dem.ri.gov
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $45
3-Day License - $16
+ Turkey Permit - $20Est. Pop. 6,500
Application Deadline: Mid-MarchSeason: Late April to late May

Bag: 1 bearded bird

South Carolina
South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources
1000 Assembly St.
Columbus, SC 29201
www.dnr.state.sc.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $125
10-Day - $75
3-Day - $40
+ Big Game Fee - $100Est. Pop.
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Mid-March to May 1

Bag: Varies by County

South Dakota
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
523 E. Capital Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
www.sdgfp.info/index.htm
Non-Resident License Fees
Spring Turkey Tag - $85
Fall Turkey Tag - $75
(double tags available)Est. Pop. 51,000
Application Deadline: Late Feb.Season: Mid-April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per license

Tennessee
Tennessee Wildlife Resources
Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
www.state.tn.us/twra
Non-Resident License Fees
All-Game License - $251
7-Day All-Game - $175.50Est. Pop. 175,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Late March to mid-May

1 per day; 4 per season

Texas
Texas Parks and Wildlife
4200 Smith School Rd
Austin, TX 78744
www.tpwd.state.tx.us
Non-Resident License Fees
General Hunting - $300
Spring Turkey License - $120Est. Pop.  600,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Late March to mid-May

Bag: 4 per year; only 1 Eastern per year

Utah
Utah Division of Wildlife
1594 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
www.nr.utah.gov
Non-Resident License Fees
Small Game License - $45Est. Pop. 16,000
Application Deadline: Late DecemberSeason: Late March to late May

Bag: 1 bearded bird

Vermont
Vermont Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
103 S. Main St.
Waterbury, VT 05671
www.vtfishandwildlife.com
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $90
+ Turkey Permit - $25Est. Pop. 40,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: TBD

Bag: 2 bearded birds per season

Virginia
Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries
4010 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23230
www.dgif.state.va.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License - $85
3-Day License - $45
+ Turkey License - $65Est. Pop.  180,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Mid-April to mid-May

Bag: 3 per year; 1 per day; bearded birds only

Washington
Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capital Way
Olympia, WA 98501
www.wdfw.wa.gov
Non-Resident License Fees
Small Game License w/ 1 Turkey Tag - $164.25
Additional Tags - $65.70Est. Pop. 35,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Mid-April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per day; 3 per year; counties vary

West Virginia
West Virginia DNR
1900 Kanawha Blvd.
State Capital Complex, Building 3
Charleston, WV 25305
www.wvdnr.gov 
Non-Resident License Fees
Annual License: $110
+ Turkey Stamp - $30
+ Con. Stamp - $10Est. Pop. 140,000
Application Deadline: NoSeason: Late April to mid-May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per day; 2 per season

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster St.
Madison, WI 73703
www.dnr.state.wi.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Turkey License - $60
+ Application Fee - $3
+ Turkey Stamp - $5.25Est. Pop. 320,000
Application Deadline: Dec. 10Season:  Six 5-day seasons beginning April 15

Bag: 1 bearded bird per application; extra tags available

Wyoming
Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.
5400 Bishop Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82006
http://gf.state.wy.us
Non-Resident License Fees
Fall or Spring Turkey License - $61Est. Pop. 70,000
Application Deadline: Jan. 31Season: April 1 to May 15

Bag: 1 male per season

Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
300 Water St.
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J8M5
www.mnr.gov.on.ca
Non-Resident License Fees
Turkey License - $22.50
+ Small Game - $90
(Canadian dollars)Est. Pop. 50,000
Application Deadline: March 1 to April 30Season: Late April to late May

Bag: 1 bearded bird per license per day; 2 license max.

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