Turkey hunting season for youngsters kicks off statewide until April 8


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Starting today (April 2) through April 8, young people under the age of 18 are allowed to hunt turkeys statewide.

According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, only juveniles can hunt during this season and only one weapon is allowed per young hunter, with a limit of 1 turkey per person during juvenile season and 2 for the entire season. .

Each youth must have a big game harvest report card and report harvests in accordance with the instructions in the Rule Book. License-exempt youth must report their harvest using a Big Game Harvest Report Card for license-exempt hunters. Additionally, the organization claims that some Game Lands require a permit.

The statewide spring season turkey hunt (for male or bearded turkeys only) begins April 9 and ends May 7 for all ages.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reminds everyone that it is illegal to:

  • Use dogs during the spring wild turkey season.
  • Use any type of handgun or rifle to hunt wild turkeys.
  • Knowingly take wild turkeys within 300 meters of any location where bait has been placed. (An area is considered baited until 10 days after the bait has been consumed or otherwise removed.)
  • Possess live wild turkeys or live birds that are indistinguishable from wild turkeys.


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