New Statewide Daily Bag Limit:
Beginning July 1, 2014, new rules affecting turkey daily bag limits will take effect. Under the new rules, the daily bag limit per hunter on private lands will increase from one bearded turkey or gobbler per day to two (except in Holmes Co. where the season limit is 1). This change will give hunters the flexibility of getting their season limit of two birds in a single day. This is a statewide change and will affect both the fall and spring turkey hunting seasons. Only the daily bag limit has increased, though; the season limit for turkeys will remain at two birds (i.e., two turkeys during the fall seasons combined and two turkeys during the spring season). Moreover, on individual wildlife management areas (WMA), the daily bag limit on turkeys will remain at one bird. However, under the new rules, hunters will now have the opportunity to harvest one bird from two different WMAs on the same day.
Commonly Asked Questions:
Has the season bag limit changed?
No. The new rules only increase the daily bag limit. The season bag limit remains at two. That means a hunter may still only take a total of two legal turkeys during the fall (all fall seasons combined) and another two during the spring season. What changes is that hunters will have the option and flexibility of getting their season limit of two birds in a single day.
Can I harvest a legal bird on each of two private properties on the same day now?
Yes. The new rules increase the daily bag limit for wild turkey to two gobblers or bearded turkeys on private lands, regardless of whether the birds are harvested on the same property or different properties. The exception to this is in Holmes County, where there is only a spring season and the season limit is still one gobbler or bearded turkey. Therefore, only one legal bird may be harvested on properties located in Holmes County during the spring season.
If I kill a turkey on private land, can I go to a WMA and harvest a second one on the same day?
Yes. Keep in mind, though, that shooting hours on WMAs end at 1:00 pm.
If I kill a turkey on a WMA, can I harvest a second one on private land on the same day?
If I kill a turkey on a WMA, can I go to a different WMA and harvest a second one on the same day?
If I kill a turkey on a WMA, can I harvest a second one on the same WMA on the same day?
No. The new rules only allow a second bird to be harvested on the same day if it is from a different WMA or on private land.
If I have a limited-entry permit (i.e., a “quota permit”) and bring a guest with a guest permit issued under my permit, can we both harvest a turkey on the same day?
If the WMA allows a legal turkey to be harvested per person under the quota permit (i.e., the area rules say, “2 per quota permit, but only 1 per person”), both hunters may harvest a bird on the same day. Otherwise, the permit holder and the guest must share the limit specified by the permit, and only one bird may be harvested between them on a single day.
I have two limited-entry permits (or have two guest permits, or have one limited-entry permit and one guest permit) for the same hunt dates on the same WMA; can I harvest a turkey under both permits on the same day?
No. An individual cannot harvest more than one bird in a day on the same area. You may harvest a legal turkey under each permit, but they cannot be harvested on the same day if the permits are for the same WMA. The daily bag limit on an individual WMA is still one legal turkey, regardless of how many permits, or combinations of permits, one holds.