2016-2017 Turkey Seasons & Regulations

Archery Only
All counties with an open fall season
Oct. 1 - Nov. 4, 2016
Youth-Only
North Zone
Oct. 29 - 30, 2016
Jan. 2 - 15, 2017
South Zone
Oct. 29 - 30, 2016
Jan. 2 - 15, 2017
Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg, and Willacy Counties
Mar. 11 - 12, 2017
Mar. 6 - 7, 2017
Rio Grande - North Zone
Mar. 25 - 26, 2017
May 20 - 21, 2017
Rio Grande - South Zone
Mar. 11 - 12, 2017
May 6 - 7, 2017
Fall Season
North Zone
Nov. 5, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017
South Zone
Nov. 5, 2016 - Jan. 15, 2017
Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg, and Willacy Counties
Nov. 5, 2016 - Feb. 26, 2017
Spring Season
Rio Grande - North Zone
Apr. 1 - May 14, 2017
Rio Grande - South Zone
Mar. 18 - Apr. 30, 2017
Rio Grande - Special 1 Turkey Bag Limit
Apr. 1 - 30, 2017
Eastern Turkey
Apr. 15 - May 14, 2017
No Eastern Turkey Season

All turkeys must be tagged with a tag from the hunter's license IMMEDIATELY upon kill, and in a secure manner anywhere on the turkey (see Tagging Instructions).

  • See County Listings for specific season dates and special requirements.
  • It is against the law to hunt roosting turkeys by any means at any time.
  • It is against the law to release turkeys without department authorization.
  • Special Requirements for Proof of Sex.
  • SPECIAL REGULATIONS for Eastern Spring Season in certain East Texas Counties: Shotgun, archery and crossbows are the only lawful means, no hunting over bait; all turkeys must be checked at a check station or reported to the department via mobile application within 24 hours after they are killed. Harvested turkeys may be feld dressed, but must otherwise remain intact until reaching a final destination.
  • Eastern Turkey hunters must now check their harvested turkey with the free My Hunt Harvest app or website instead of visiting physical check stations.

SPECIAL YOUTH-ONLY SEASONS. Only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger may hunt during your seasons.

Fall Zone Map

Spring Zone Map


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