2019-2020 Turkey Seasons & Regulations

Archery Only
All counties with an open fall season Sept. 28 - Nov. 1, 2019
North Zone Oct. 26 - 27, 2019
Jan. 6 - 19, 2020
South Zone Oct. 26 - 27, 2019
Jan. 20 - Feb. 2, 2020
Rio Grande - North Zone Mar. 28 - 29, 2020
May 23 - 24, 2020
Rio Grande - South Zone Mar. 14 - 15, 2020
May 9 - 10, 2020
Fall Season
North Zone Nov. 2, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
South Zone Nov. 2, 2019 - Jan. 19, 2020
Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg, and Willacy Counties Nov. 2, 2019 - Feb. 23, 2020
Spring Season
Rio Grande - North Zone Apr. 4 - May 17, 2020
Rio Grande - South Zone Mar. 21 - May 3, 2020
Rio Grande - Special 1 Turkey Bag Limit Apr. 1 - 30, 2020
Eastern Turkey Apr. 22 - May 14, 2020

See your County Listing for season dates and special requirements.

Lawful Activity and Tagging

It is unlawful to hunt roosting turkeys by any means at any time or to release turkeys without department authorization.

All turkey must be tagged with a tag from the hunter’s license IMMEDIATELY upon harvest, and in a secure manner anywhere on the turkey.

View how to properly tag a turkey

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 reported to the department within 24 hours after they are killed. Harvested turkeys may be field dressed, but must otherwise remain intact until reaching a final destination.

Reporting is Mandatory for Eastern Turkey Harvests

All Eastern turkey harvests must be reported by mobile app or online:

Special Regulations for Western One-Gobbler Counties

No more than one gobbler may be harvested annually in the Western One-Gobbler Zone across all counties combined. Those counties included in the Western One-Gobbler Only Zone include Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Milam, and Wharton.

Proof of Sex

It is unlawful to possess a turkey (where applicable) with proof of sex removed. The following is considered proof of sex and must accompany the pheasant or turkey until it reaches its final destination and is finally processed:

  • Pheasant: one leg, including the spur, attached to the pheasant carcass or the entire plumage attached to the pheasant carcass;
  • Turkey: in counties where the harvest is restricted to gobblers and/or bearded hens, a male turkey is required to have one leg, including the spur, attached to the bird; or the bird, accompanied by a patch of skin with breast feathers and beard attached. In counties where the harvest of female turkeys is restricted to bearded hens, all harvested hens must be accompanied by a patch of skin with breast feathers and beard attached.