WILD TURKEY (Male or Female): WMU 2B - Oct. 28-Nov. 17 and Nov. 22-24; WMUs 1A, 1B, 4A, 4B, 4D and 4E – Oct. 28-Nov. 4; WMUs 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D and 4C – Oct. 28-Nov. 11; WMUs 2C, 2D and 2E – Oct. 28-Nov. 11 and Nov. 22-24; WMU 5B – Oct. 31- Nov. 2; WMUs 5A, 5C and 5D –CLOSED TO FALL TURKEY HUNTING.
2024 SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with required license, and mentored hunters 16 and under – April 27, 2024. Only 1 spring gobbler may be taken during this hunt. Hunting hours end at noon.
2024 SPRING GOBBLER (Bearded bird only): May 4 - 31, 2024. Daily limit 1, season limit 2. (Second spring gobbler may be only taken by persons who possess a valid special wild turkey license.) Hunting hours during the April 27 youth hunt, and from May 4 to May 18, 2024, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon; from May 20-31, legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.
Wild Turkey Recipes
Turkey Hunting Video Tips
Learn to Hunt
Join Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Bird Management Supervisor and Information and Education Bureau Director to learn some turkey biology and scouting tips to help you harvest a bird this spring turkey season.
Turkey Calling With Matt Morrett
Learn techniques from a five-time world champion turkey caller.
Where is the best place to aim on a gobbler? Matt Morrett provides a great tip on shot placement when spring turkey hunting.
As part of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Turkey Hunting Tips series, Matt Morrett provides a great tip on preparing your hunting area and ways to get comfortable in the woods.
Helpful Links & Articles
Spring Turkey Season Articles
From One to 100: Fifty-five Years of Chasing Birds, A Lifetime of Pennsylvania Turkeys, Pennsylvania Game News April, 2020
Ruling the Roost: Scoring Where Gobblers Fly Down, Pennsylvania Game News May, 2020
Advanced Placement: Taking Your Decoying to the Next Level, Pennsylvania Game News May, 2020
5 Tips For A Safe And Fun Spring Turkey Season, Maximize your turkey hunting experience with these safety tips.
Improve Hunting Success By Identifying Turkey Habitats, Learn where to locate turkeys. April 23, 2019
Turkey Hunting Safety Tips
There are several safe hunting practices for turkey hunting. By following these simple rules, you can reduce your risk of accidents. Look through the following list of safe turkey hunting practices..
- Leave an area if you suspect there’s another hunter already working the same bird.
Never stalk turkey sounds.
- Sit against a large stump, tree trunk or boulder that is wider than your shoulders and higher than your head. This protects you from being accidentally struck by pellets fired from behind you.
Never wear bright colors, especially
not red, white, blue or black because these are the colors of a wild turkey gobbler.
- Remain still and speak in a loud, clear voice to announce your presence to other hunters if necessary. Never move, wave or make turkey sounds to alert another hunter of your presence.
- Keep your hands and head camouflaged when calling.
- Be sure to look beyond an approaching bird to see whether other hunters are in the line of fire before firing.
- Positively identify your target. Be absolutely certain it’s a legal turkey before pulling the trigger.
- Put your gun’s safety on and approach the downed bird with your firearm pointed in a safe direction after firing.
Never run with a firearm.