Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Vermont boasts the best wild turkey hunting in New England. Considered "Big Game" under Vermont law, you will easily understand why after hunting them. Flocks of up to 100 can be counted in late winter and they are highly visible most of the year. But when hunting season comes in May, their prowess in avoiding the hunter puts them way ahead of any small game species and certainly on a par with deer and bear.


Seasons Dates Limits
Youth Weekend and
Novice Weekend
The weekend prior to the opening of spring turkey One bearded turkey, statewide
Spring May 1 - 31 Two bearded turkeys, statewide
Fall (Archery only) October 2 - 22, 2021 One of either sex, statewide
Fall (Archery or Shotgun) October 23 - October 31, 2021 One of either sex, WMUs B, D, G, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, and Q
Fall (Archery or Shotgun) October 23 - November 7, 2021 One of either sex, WMUs F, K and N

Tips & Techniques

Prime turkey habitat consists of a mix of agricultural land and forested areas. Areas where working dairy farms abut mature stands of nut-bearing oak and hickory trees are especially productive. Turkeys are most common in the southwestern foothills, southern Champlain Valley, and low-land portions of the eastern foothills. However, wherever one hunts, the key to success is pre-season scouting and securing landowner permission.

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