Hunting season dates and bag limits


Mark Your Calendars: Wild Turkey Hunting Season Dates, Bag Limits, and Tag Requirements in Ontario

As the wild turkey hunting seasons in Ontario approach, anticipation and excitement fill the hearts of hunters province-wide. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to the sport, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the season dates, bag limits, and turkey tag requirements to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and responsible hunting experience.

Bag Limits

Season Dates:

Wild turkey hunting in Ontario is divided into two distinct seasons: spring and fall. Each season offers unique challenges and opportunities for hunters.

Spring Season: This season typically runs from late April to late May, offering hunters the chance to experience the peak of breeding activity. During this time, gobblers are particularly responsive to calls and display vibrant courtship behaviors. The specific dates for the spring season can vary from year to year, so be sure to check the current regulations for the most accurate information.

Fall Season: Taking place from early October to late October, the fall season allows hunters to harvest both male and female turkeys. This season presents a different kind of challenge, as turkeys are focused on foraging and flocking together. Again, it’s essential to consult the current regulations for the exact fall season dates.

Bag Limits:

To ensure the ongoing success and sustainability of Ontario’s wild turkey population, bag limits have been established for each hunting season.

Spring Season: During the spring season, hunters are typically allowed to harvest one bearded turkey. This restriction helps protect hens during their nesting period, promoting successful reproduction and population growth.

Fall Season: In the fall, hunters are permitted to harvest one turkey of either sex. This allowance takes into account the natural population growth that has occurred since the spring season.

Turkey Tag Requirements:

When you purchase your wild turkey hunting license, you will receive a set of turkey tags (or “game seals”) for the spring and fall hunting seasons. It’s crucial to understand and follow the requirements associated with these tags:

Carry the Tags: While hunting, you must carry the appropriate turkey tags with you at all times.

Attach the Tags: Upon harvesting a turkey, you are required to immediately attach the corresponding tag to the bird. This ensures that you are in compliance with bag limit regulations and helps track harvested turkeys for management purposes.

By keeping these season dates, bag limits, and turkey tag requirements in mind, you’ll be well-prepared for a successful and responsible wild turkey hunting experience in Ontario. As we gear up for another exhilarating season, let’s remember the importance of adhering to these regulations and our role in promoting the sustainability and enjoyment of this time-honored tradition.

Happy hunting, and may your calls echo through the woods!

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