1 Bird per licence Year
Bearded or unbearded birds. Season lengths and arms vary by WMU. The fall season is closed in WMUs 5A, 5C & 5D.
WMUs 1A, 1B, 4A, 4B, 4D & 4E
WMUs 2C, 2D and 2E
WMUs 2A, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D & 4C
1) Manually operated and semiautomatic shotguns limited to a three-shell capacity in the chamber and magazine combined; 2) Muzzleloading shotguns; 3) Long, recurve, compound bows (minimum draw weight of 35 pounds) or crossbows with a broadhead that has a fixed or mechanical tip affixed to the fore end of an arrow or bolt having sharpened cutting edges consisting of metal or naturally occurring stone. The broadhead must have an outside diameter or width of at least 7/8 of an inch, and the length may not exceed 3.25 inches.
Shot no larger than No. 4 lead, No. 2 steel or No. 4 of any other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-approved nontoxic shot.
Centerfire and rimfire rifles, handguns, muzzleloading rifles and handguns, slug guns, and single-projectile ammunition no longer are permitted for fall turkey hunting.
Turkey hunters are no longer required to wear fluorescent orange material, although it is strongly recommended that they do so.
Mentored hunters may participate. Birds taken by mentored hunters under the age of 7 must be tagged with harvest tag transferred from his or her mentor.
Fall and spring turkey hunting is closed on Sundays.
Dogs may be used during the fall season.
Up to 2 bearded birds, (1 per day) with proper licenses.
2ND GOBBLER TAGS
A second spring turkey license can be purchased before the start of the regular spring turkey season (by May 3, 2024) from any issuing agent or at the Game Commission’s website. Licenses purchased online are mailed to hunters and cannot be used before they’re received. While the second license allows hunters to harvest up to two gobblers, only one turkey may be taken per day.
April 27, 2024
May 4-31, 2024
Hunting hours vary
Hunting hours during the April 27 youth hunt, and from May 4 to May 18 of the statewide season begin one-half hour before sunrise and end at noon. Hunters are asked to be out of the woods by 1 p.m. during those periods. From May 20 to May 31, hunting hours begin one-half hour before sunrise and end one-half hour after sunset.
1) Manually operated and semiautomatic shotguns limited to a three-shell capacity in the chamber and magazine combined; 2) Muzzleloading shotguns of all types and gauges; 3) Long, recurve, compound bows (minimum draw weight of 35 pounds) or crossbows with legal broadheads (see broadhead requirements in fall season section).
Fine shot no larger than No. 4 lead, No. 2 steel or No. 4 of any other approved nontoxic shot. Rifle/shotgun combination guns may be used if ammunition is limited to shotgun shells. Carrying or using single-projectile ammunition, rifles, handguns, muzzleloading rifles and handguns, slug guns is unlawful.
Mentored hunters may participate. Harvest tags are provided to mentored hunters 7 and older. Birds taken by mentored hunters under the age of 7 must be tagged with a harvest tag transferred from the youth’s mentor. Mentored hunters can purchase a second spring turkey license.
Only licensed junior hunters and properly permitted mentored youth (16 and under) may participate, and must be accompanied by an adult as required by law (see License Information section). Each hunter may harvest only one bearded bird during the Youth Hunt. Birds harvested by mentored youth under age 7 must be tagged with a harvest tag transferred to the Mentored Youth from his or her adult mentor.
Hunting by calling only.
Only turkeys with visible beards are legal. It is suggested, though, that hunters refrain from knowingly harvesting bearded hens because they nest and raise broods.
Dogs may not be used during the spring season.
The use of turkey blinds is legal under the following definition: Any artificial or manufactured turkey blind consisting of all manmade materials of sufficient density to block the detection of movement within the blind from an observer outside the blind.
Artificial or manufactured turkey blinds consisting of all manmade materials means blinds must be constructed of plastic, nylon, canvas, cotton cloth, plywood or other manmade materials.
Blinds made by piling rocks, logs, branches, etc. are unlawful. The blind must completely enclose the hunter on all four sides and from above to block the detection of movement within the blind.
Turkey-hunting blinds that represent the fanned tails of turkeys are illegal to use in Pennsylvania because they do not hide all hunter movement from behind or within.
Portable hunting blinds left on state game lands and other Hunter Access properties under the Game Commission’s management now need to be conspicuously marked with a durable and legible identification tag that includes the owner’s first and last name and legal home address, or bears the CID number that appears on the owner’s hunting license or a number issued by the Game Commission to the blind owner. Identification numbers can be obtained at HuntFishPA on the Game Commission’s website.
Successful turkey hunters must follow all instructions printed on tags supplied with licenses.
Separate tags are provided for fall and spring seasons. The turkey must be tagged immediately after harvest and before the carcass is moved. The tag must be securely attached to a leg until the bird is prepared for consumption or mounting. Once you have used your tag, it is unlawful to possess it in the field.
Also, please remember to remove your old hunting license from your possession while in the field. It is unlawful to possess old licenses while hunting.
Within 10 days of harvest turkey hunters must report harvests to the Game Commission, either by going online to the Game Commission’s website, www.pgc.pa.gov, calling toll-free, or by sending in a postage-paid report card received with this digest.
Hunters reporting their turkey harvests over the telephone call 1-800-838-4431. Hunters will need to have their license and information from the completed tag, including the tag number, beard length and spur length.
All hunters reporting harvests are asked to identify the WMU, county and township where the bird was taken.
Hunters who purchase a second spring gobbler license have a mandatory reporting requirement, regardless of whether they harvest a bird using this special license. For more details, see the “Tagging, Transporting & Reporting” section under “Big Game Regulations” in this digest.
In both spring and fall turkey seasons, it is unlawful to possess or use live turkeys as decoys, or conduct drives for turkeys or use electronic callers or devices.
The Game Commission regularly places leg bands and transmitters on a number of male turkeys in a continuing effort to determine spring harvest rates and annual survival rates by WMU. These birds are lawful to harvest, and should be reported if harvested. Hunters can report by following the instructions on the band.