RALEIGH, N.C. (March 22, 2019) — Wild turkey season runs April 13 through May 11 this year, preceded by a youth-only turkey season from April 6 through April 12. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission offers these tips for turkey hunters:
Hunting is not allowed where bait has been placed until 10 days after all bait has been consumed or removed.
During youth season, hunting is only allowed for those younger than 18 years of age, but hunters age 16 and 17 must be properly licensed. 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.
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.
Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity such as poaching or baiting may be eligible to receive a reward (up to $1,000) by reporting information that leads to a conviction to the Turn-In-Poachers program. For information on eligible violations and to learn how to submit a tip, visit ncwildlife.org/wildtip.
Visit the Commission’s Home from the Hunt™ safety campaign webpage to learn about hunter safety. For regulations and restrictions on turkey hunting, including information on youth season, refer to the 2018-2019 Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest.