Author: NCWRC blogger/Friday, March 23, 2018/Categories: Hunting, Regulations, Wildlife Management
With the statewide 2018 wild turkey hunting season set to open on April 14, Chris Kreh, the Wildlife Commission’s Upland Game Bird Biologist, provides a few highlights from the 2017 season below.
2018 Wild Turkey Hunting Season
The statewide 2018 turkey hunting season runs from April 14 through May 12. It is preceded by the Spring Youth Only Wild Turkey Season, which runs from April 7-13. The daily limit is one turkey and the possession and season limit is two turkeys per hunter, only one of which may be taken during youth season.
Hunting is only allowed for those younger than 18 years of age during the youth season, but hunters age 16 and 17 must be properly licensed. Each youth must report a harvest to the Wildlife Commission through a Big Game Harvest Report Card. License-exempt youths should report their harvest using a Big Game Harvest Report Card for License-Exempt Hunters. Those under the age of 16 are exempt from license requirements provided they are accompanied by a licensed adult at least 18 years of age. If youth are properly licensed or have successfully obtained a hunter education certificate, they may hunt without the supervision of an adult.
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