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2023 - 2024 Turkey Hunting Regulations

Annual Class X, Class XJ, Lifetime Class A-L, Lifetime Class AB-L, military, disabled veteran, former POW, senior citizen and underage: entitles the hunter to take two wild turkeys per calendar year. Two bearded turkeys may be taken in the spring or one bearded turkey in the spring and one of either sex in the fall. But no more than one turkey may be harvested during the fall season. ADDITIONAL LICENSE MUST BE PURCHASED:
  • To hunt on national forest lands-(Class I)
  • To hunt with a handgun-(Class A-1)

    Annual Class A, Class AB and Class Q must have a Class CS and a Class W.
Resident Landowner Privileges:
West Virginia resident landowners may hunt on their own land without obtaining a license. See definition of resident landowner. Resident landowners hunting on their own property without a license can take the same number of turkeys as a licensed hunter. A hunter (licensee or landowner) cannot take more than the number of turkeys allowed in the respective seasons. COMMON VIOLATIONS
Following are the most common violations observed by Conservation Officers during turkey season:
  • Hunting over bait
  • Hunting without a license
  • Improper license
  • Making false application for license
  • Exceeding the limits
  • Loaded gun in vehicle
  • Failure to field tag turkey
  • Illegal possession of wildlife
  • Hunting without permission
All nonresidents, regardless of age or landowner status must purchase an annual Class E, Class WW, Class LE and a Class CS License. Nonresidents are not eligible to hunt turkeys in permit-only counties during the fall season. FIELD TAGGING & TRANSPORTING
Each person killing a turkey must, within one hour and before moving the carcass from where it was killed, complete and attach a game field tag. This tag must bear the hunter's name, address, hunting license number (if required) and the date, time and county of kill. The field tag must remain on the carcass until it is dressed for consumption. The carcass of each turkey shall be delivered to an official game checking station or a conservation officer for checking and retagging before it is either skinned or transported beyond the boundaries of the county adjacent to that in which the kill was made and within 72 hours from when it was killed or 24 hours from the close of the respective season, whichever comes first. The checking tag shall remain on the bird until it is dressed for consumption. 2001 SPRING GOBBLER HUNTING REGULATIONS
Statewide: April 23 -- May 19, 2001
Shooting hours --One-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.

It is illegal to:
  • have an uncased firearm or a bow in your possession in the woods after 1 p.m.
  • hunt with dogs
  • use electronic calls
  • hunt with the use of bait
Only one turkey of either sex may be taken during the fall season with either a bow or a gun. A limited number of West Virginia resident hunters will be permitted to participate in turkey hunting in counties open to permit hunting. All resident hunters except landowners who hunt on their own land will be required to apply for a permit. To apply, ask your license agent for a fall turkey application. To be eligible to receive the free permit, an application must be submitted by August 14, 2000. Successful applicants will receive notification by the first week of October. All permit holders will be required to fill out an information card and return the card to the Division of Natural Resources by December 31, 2000. COUNTIES AND NUMBER OF LIMITED RESIDENT PERMITS AVAILABLE

County Number of Permits

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