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Pennsylvania Wild Turkey


Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo
Season and Limit: See Seasons and Bag Limits

Wild Turkey Sighting Survey, July 1 - Aug. 31

Turkey Survey AppPlease join us July – August 2020, online or by downloading the mobile app from the iOS App Store or Google Play. The mobile app can be found by searching for “Pennsylvania Game Commission” and selecting “Turkey Sighting Survey”. Your participation is important. Data are comparable across the entire range of the wild turkey. Learn more.

Information submitted from this citizen-science opportunity is helping to analyze spring turkey production. Thank you to those who have participated.
View 2019 survey results (PDF)
View 2018 survey results (PDF)
View 2017 survey results (PDF)
View 2016 survey results (PDF)


Updates for the 2020-21 seasons include bringing back a three-day Thanksgiving turkey season, running Wednesday through Friday, in select Wildlife Management Units (WMUs); removing the Thanksgiving turkey season in WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A, 4B, 4D and 4E, but making the regular season two weeks (Oct. 31-Nov. 14) instead of one.

Summary of seasons and regulations
Spring Turkey Hunting Videos
How We Set Spring Turkey Seasons
How Calendar Shifts Affect Spring Gobbler Seasons (PDF)
Spring Turkey Hunting Options (PDF)
Annual Harvest Reports/Maps
Why Fall Turkey Seasons Vary by Wildlife Management Unit
Turkey Hunting Success and Safety (PDF)
Turkey Hunting Safety Tips (PDF)
Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Population Trend

Turkey Hunting Safety



Turkey Management Plan (PDF)
Turkey Habitat Management (PDF)
Implementation schedule for turkey management plan for Pennsylvania, 2018-2027 (PDF)

The new 2018-2027 Wild Turkey Management Plan (PDF) focuses on developing population models for each wildlife management unit (WMU). The models will predict turkey population responses to changes in harvest regulations and help identify optimal harvest regulations to maximize both turkey populations and hunter opportunities. Increasing habitat and assessing turkey diseases and hunter participation are also priorities. View the plan at the link above.


Wild Turkey Leg Banding Program Fact Sheet (PDF)
The Role of Turkey Seasons in Turkey Population Management - A 2016 Game Commission Webinar (36:01)
Adult or Juvenile? Gobbler or Hen? (PDF)
Wildlife Note
Winter Feeding of Deer and Wild Turkey (PDF)
5 Environmental Factors Influencing Turkey Populations
History of the Wild Turkey in Pennsylvania (PDF)


West Nile Virus Challenge Study Preliminary Results (PDF)
West Nile Virus Study, Phase II (PDF)
West Nile & Wild Turkey (#WildSciPA video 1:53)
New Turkey Disease, LPDV


Turkey Hen Harvest and Survival Rate Study (2010-2014) Summary (PDF)
2014 Fall Turkey Hunter Survey Report (PDF)
2012-13 Wild Turkey Productivity and Harvest Trends Report (PDF)
2012-13 Wild Turkey Trap and Transfer Report (PDF)
2012-13 Wild Turkey Research/Management Report (PDF)
2012 Turkey Hunter Survey Report (PDF)
2011 Turkey Hunter Survey Results - PowerPoint (PPT)
Hen Research Study (PDF)
Mortality Causes & Seasons of Mortality of Transmittered PA Hens

Gobbler Study

From 2006 to 2009, the Game Commission was involved in a multi-state research study to investigate spring gobbler harvest rates in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. This study involved leg-banding 900 male turkeys each winter (300 per state) and determining the percentage harvested each year during the spring gobbler season (via hunters reporting harvests of leg-banded males).

Annual Survival and Spring Harvest Rates (PDF)
Bling in your gamebag could mean $100 (PDF)
NWTF 2009 Harvest Rate Study (PPT)
Turkey gobbler study will help guide management decisions

Frequently Asked Questions

Bronze Turkeys
Population History
Winter Mortality

Related Links

National Wild Turkey Federation
Pennsylvania Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation