Tagging Turkey

A tag from the hunting license of the person who killed the turkey must be correctly and legibly completed (including name of property and county) and immediately attached to the animal (exception is properties with issued tags such as MLD tags).

The hunter MUST:

  • use the specific type of turkey
  • have the month and date of kill clearly cut out on the tag by notching the respective month and day. Do not “ink out.”
  • immediately complete, date and cut out the appropriate hunting license tag after a turkey is harvested

tag cutout

Where to Attach Tag to Turkey

The tag may be attached anywhere on a turkey so that it is not damaged, defaced, or lost in transporting or handling. For turkey, the tag must remain attached until the turkey reaches its final destination and is finally processed.

Read the tag use description on your license carefully before attaching to harvested turkey.

It is UNLAWFUL to:

  • use a tag from another person’s license or allow anyone to use your tags.
  • use a tag more than one time (or on more than one turkey).
  • use an incorrect tag on a turkey (example: mule deer tag used on a turkey, etc.)

Tags to Use on Turkey Only

Tag NumberSpeciesCounties That Tag is Valid
1 Rio Grande Turkey valid only in county with bag limit of 4 turkeys
2 Rio Grande Turkey valid only in county with bag limit of 4 turkeys
3 Eastern OR Rio Grande Turkey valid only in county with a bag limit of 1 Eastern OR Rio Grande in county with bag limit of 4 (NOT VALID in 1-RIO Gobbler Zone)
4 Rio Grande Turkey valid only in county with bag limit of 1 Rio Grande or 4 turkeys; NOT VALID in East Texas.