Turkey Hunting Regulations Overview

General Hunting License Privileges

  • Eligible Hunters: Those with valid resident licenses (Class X, X3, XP, XJ, AHJ, XS, AB-L, A-L, A+CS+BG, AH+CS+BG), free licenses (Military, Disabled Veteran, former POW, Class DT, Senior Citizen), or nonresident licenses (E+CS/LE+WW, AAH+CS/LE+WW, XXJ+CS/LE, AAHJ+CS/LE, DT).
  • Accompaniment for Class DT: Required to be with a licensed adult 21 or older.
  • Underage and Resident Landowners: Can take three turkeys without a license on their own land.
  • Bag Limits: Two bearded turkeys in spring, one either-sex turkey in fall. No more than one turkey per day.

Additional Licenses for Specific Hunting Conditions

  • National Forest Lands: Class I license required for Class E or AAH holders.
  • Handgun Hunting: Class A1 license necessary for hunters 21 or older, except resident landowners on their own land.

Resident Landowner Privileges

  • License Exemption: WV resident landowners may hunt on their own land without a license, with the same bag limits as licensed hunters.

Legal Equipment for Turkey Hunting

  • Allowed Firearms and Weapons: Rifles, handguns, muzzleloaders, shotguns, bows, or crossbows.
  • Arrow/Bolt Requirements: Must have a point with at least two sharp-cutting edges, exceeding 3/4 inch wide.

Common Violations

  • Most Frequent Offenses: Hunting over bait, without a license, improper license, false application for license, exceeding limits, loaded gun in vehicle, failure to field tag turkey, illegal possession of wildlife, and hunting without permission.
  • Reward for Reporting Violations: $200 for information leading to the conviction of illegal turkey hunting.

Field Tagging, Checking, and Transporting

  • Field Tagging: Must be done immediately upon killing a turkey. The tag should include hunter’s name, address, license number, and kill details.
  • Electronic Registration: Required before skinning or transporting beyond adjacent county limits, within 72 hours of the kill or 24 hours from season end.
  • Transporting and Possession: Requires a paper tag with details of the hunter who killed the wildlife, specifying the species and quantity.
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