Fall Turkey Hunting Regulations
During the fall turkey-hunting season, wild turkeys may be pursued, taken, killed, possessed or transported only as outline in the Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, which is available in PDF format under "Related Information" below and in print form from permit vendors and Conservation Department offices.
What’s New for 2013
- Turkey hunters are no longer required to affix “Be Safe” stickers to their shotguns.
- Hunters now may use atlatls to take turkeys during the fall firearms turkey season.
- Hunters no longer need to attach their voided permit to their harvested deer or turkey as long as they remain with their harvest.
Identifying Fall Turkeys
Fall turkey hunting can be an extremely enjoyable experience. The sounds and sight of 20 or 30 turkeys returning to you from all directions can be as exciting as calling in a spring gobbler. However, the fall firearms turkey season has the potential to be more dangerous than the spring because either sex may be hunted. Therefore, less emphasis is put on positive identification. Remember to follow the basic rules of safe turkey hunting.
An orange alert band, wrapped around the bird to keep its wings from flopping, helps make your walk out a safer one. If you don't want to make or purchase an alert band, try using an orange hunting vest. A little precaution may keep your bird from being shot a second time–and you with it.