California spring wild turkey hunting season 2017 overall opens statewide on March 25 and extends through April 30. The archery-only season will follow immediately then, running from May 1-14. Hunters who possess a current junior hunting license may also search the weekend prior to the opener, (March 18 and 19), and the two weeks following the overall season (May 1-14), with shotguns or some other lawful method of take.
Shooting hours for spring turkeys are from half-hour hour prior to sunrise to 5 p.m. Both a hunting license and upland game bird stamp are required to hunt turkeys, although an upland postage isn’t required for hunters with junior licenses. The bag limit is one bearded turkey every day and a possession limit of no longer than three turkeys during all spring seasons (overall, archery and junior) united.
See also : California deer season
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is supplying spring turkey hunt opportunities across the state. The application deadline for these searches is Friday, Feb. 17. There’s absolutely no fee to apply.
Additional opportunities will be provided via the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Program, which provides incentives to private landowners who permit wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities on their own property. The searches will be held on several dates in April. Successful applicants for every property will be permitted to bring a hunting spouse or a non-hunting spouse. A $10.50 non-refundable program fee will be billed for every search option. To apply for these searches, please visit www,wildlife.ca,gov/licensing/online-sales. To find out more about the SHARE Program, please visit www,wildlife.ca,gov/hunting/share.
See also : California Lobster season
The statewide population of wild turkeys is estimated at 240,000 birds. CDFW estimates about 36,000 hunters bag about 28,000 turkeys in the spring season each year statewide. Wild turkeys are found in most counties in California, with the top 10 for spring harvest being Shasta, Butte, Placer, El Dorado, Tehama, Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada and Lake counties.
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Karen Fothergill, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 716-1461
Victoria Barr, CDFW SHARE Program, (916) 445-4034
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988