Q: I want to check my harvested turkey online, where do I start?
REMEMBER: You must check your harvested bird BEFORE you process the bird for the table, freezer, or taxidermy.

To check a harvested turkey online, there are a few, but very important pieces of information needed. Required information will include: town of harvest, date of harvest, and the bird's sex, beard and spur lengths. In addition, optional information will include: bird weight, type of hunting equipment used and the Wildlife Management Zone where the bird was harvested.

Q: How do I log in to check my harvested game online?
A: To check your harvested turkey online, you must first log into the MassFishHunt system. Click here or copy and paste http://www.mass.gov/massfishhunt into your web browser, then click on the "Buy a License or Permit Online/Game Check!!!"

  • You'll need your customer ID number and your last name to log into the MassFishHunt system. Customer ID numbers are found on every hunting/sporting license and all permits, so simply look at the top left corner of your license or permit for the 6 or 7 digit number. Enter that number and your last name to log into the MassFishHunt system.
  • Click on the "Report a Harvest" button in the lower right of the screen, choose the Wild Turkey, click the" Add" button and the information you need to fill in will appear.

Q: SEX: How do I know if a turkey is male or female?
At a distance, male (also called toms or gobblers) and female (hens) turkeys may look similar, but a closer look will reveal some important and obvious differences.

For an image of male and female turkeys, see page 35 of the Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Guide, or visit the following link.

Beards: For the most part, only male turkeys have beards. Turkey beards are modified feathers that look like hair that hangs from the center of a turkey's chest. Occasionally, there are bearded females. Hens can ONLY be harvested in the spring season if they have beards.

Spurs: Males have noticeable spurs (nail-like features) located above the foot.

Coloration: Males are typically blackish in appearance while females are a duller bronze/brown.

Breast Feathers: Look at the tips of the breast feathers; male feathers are black while female feathers are brown.

Head Color and Caruncles: In the spring the head on male turkeys is often white, blue and/or red, while females are typically bluish-gray in color. Males also have various fleshy features on their heads and neck called caruncles and snoods.

Q: SPURS: How do I measure the spur on a harvested turkey?
A: Turkey spurs are nail-like features that extend off of a male turkey's leg above the foot. To measure the spur, place a ruler at the base of the spur and measure to the tip of the spur. Adult turkeys have spurs that are greater than ½", juvenile turkeys (i.e., jakes), have spurs that are less than ½" and are typically small rounded bumps. Female turkeys do not have noticeable spurs.

Juvenile Male Turkey Rounded Spur  Link to the image file. Female Turkey Leg  Link to the image file. Turkey Spur Measuring  Link to the image file.

Q: BEARDS: How do I measure the beard on a harvested turkey?
A: Turkey beards are hair-like features which are actually just a modified feather. The beards jut out or hang down from the center of a turkey's chest. The vast majority of bearded turkeys are male but occasionally, female birds will have beards. These birds can be legally harvested during the spring season. To measure the beard, place a ruler at the base of the beard where it emerges from the skin and measure the length of the longest filament (hair).

Turkey Beard  Link to the image file. Measuring a Turkey Beard  Link to the image file.

Q: I made a mistake when entering my turkey check information online but can't fix the mistake because it was already submitted. What do I do?
Once all the information is submitted and confirmed, hunters cannot go back and edit the information. If you believe you made a mistake and submitted inaccurate information, please contact the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) at (508) 389-6300 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday-Friday.

Q: I entered all my turkey harvest information, but did not receive a confirmation number, now what?
If you submitted you checked your harvest through the MassFishHunt but did not receive a confirmation number, please contact DFW at (508) 389-6300 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday-Friday. Outside of those business hours, please contact the Environmental Police at 1-800-632-8075.

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