Turkey in Texas

TPWD Commission Makes Changes to Eastern Turkey Season

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved a delay in the opening day of Eastern turkey season and closed Eastern turkey season in two counties due to low harvest reporting. Please note all current regulations when planning your next hunt.

Three Fast Turkey Facts

If Wild Turkeys could smell, they'd be nearly impossible to hunt.

The eyes and ears of a turkey make it one of the toughest of all Texas game animals. Their vision is the keenest among all Texas game animals. They are especially astute at pinpointing movement and can hone in on noises from a mile away.

Wild Turkey Revival!

A hundred years ago, turkeys almost disappeared from Texas due to unregulated hunting and loss of habitat. Now, thanks to hunter and landowner support, bag limits and a restocking program, they are making a steady comeback.

Where the Wild Turkeys are.

Turkeys now inhabit 223 of the 254 counties in Texas. You can see them roam at many Texas State Parks. One of the most substantial and oldest winter turkey roosts is at South Llano River State Park near Junction. Want to bag your own turkey? You can hunt for them on many of our Wildlife Management Areas and other public hunting lands.

  • Still image of Turkey release from Turkeys on the Move video.

    Turkeys On The Move East

    Decades of restocking the Eastern Wild Turkey has proven successful for some East Texas counties, but many areas still aren’t seeing birds. A new research study will focus on some recently transplanted birds outfitted with GPS transmitters to find out what turkeys think is a good home.

  • Still image from video about eastern turkey restoration efforts.

    Wildlife for Lunch March Eastern Wild Turkey

    In this presentation, Jason Hardin with Texas Parks and Wildlife covers the history of eastern turkeys in Texas, past restoration efforts, and TPWD's new super stocking approach to restoration. He also talks about eastern turkey management.

  • Still image from video about the history of eastern wild turkey restoration.

    History of Eastern Wild Turkey Restoration

    This series details the biology, habitat requirements, and habitat management options for Eastern Wild Turkey.

  • Still image from video about the grassland restoration for upland birds.

    Grassland Restoration for Upland Birds

    An overview of the grassland restoration process, which benefits wildlife species that rely upon the structure and food resources provided.

  • Still image from video about Texas turkeys.

    Texas Turkeys

    Meet the wild Texas turkey as it gobbles, struts and tantalizes turkey fans. Learn where turkeys live in Texas and how to "talk" turkey.

Report Your Eastern Turkey
On the My Texas Hunt Harvest App

With the My Hunt Harvest App
You Can...

  • Log your harvested game
  • View your harvest history
  • Access your customer number more easily, after a one-time login
  • Help biologists manage great Texas hunting
  • Available Free on iOS, Android & on the web.

Thank you for supporting healthy habitats in Texas!

**This app does not fulfill tagging requirements for completion of the harvest log on the back of the license, required for the harvest of both turkey and white-tailed deer.