2017-2018 Turkey Seasons & Regulations

Archery Only
All counties with an open fall season
Sept. 30 - Nov. 3, 2017
Youth-Only
North Zone
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Jan. 8 - 21, 2018
South Zone
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Rio Grande - North Zone
Mar. 24 - 25, 2018
May 19 - 20, 2018
Rio Grande - South Zone
Mar. 10 - 11, 2018
May 5 - 6, 2018
Fall Season
North Zone
Nov. 4, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
South Zone
Nov. 4, 2017 - Jan. 21, 2018
Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg, and Willacy Counties
Nov. 4, 2017 - Feb. 25, 2018
Spring Season
Rio Grande - North Zone
Mar. 31 - May 13, 2018
Rio Grande - South Zone
Mar. 17 - Apr. 29, 2018
Rio Grande - Special 1 Turkey Bag Limit
Apr. 1 - 30, 2018
Eastern Turkey
Apr. 15 - May 14, 2018
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).

  • Select a county for specific season dates, bag limits, 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.
  • Report your harvest directly online. The "My Texas Hunt Harvest" app is also available free on the App Store for Apple iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices. Get My Texas Hunt Harvest for your device.
  • Eastern Turkey hunters must 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