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News 2022 spring turkey season

The 2022 spring turkey hunting season in Massachusetts is April 25–May 21. Get ready for the start of season by purchasing your license and turkey permit then review regulations and hunting tips.
4/04/2022
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Media Contact for 2022 spring turkey season

Media Contact, MassWildlife

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The 2022 Spring Turkey Hunting Season is April 25–May 21, and the Youth Turkey Hunt Day is April 23. (Please note: Only those youth who have completed Basic Hunter Education and the mandatory youth turkey hunting class are eligible to participate in the Youth Hunt Day.)

Get your license and turkey permit

Your turkey permit comes with 3 turkey tags. Hunters can take 2 bearded turkeys in the spring and 1 turkey of either sex in the fall.

Go to MassFishHunt.mass.gov to buy your license or permit. MassFishHunt, the official licensing and harvest reporting system for Massachusetts, got an upgrade at the end of 2021. You’ll need an email address to log into the new system. Learn about new MassFishHunt features and about how to log in for the first time.
 

Spring turkey hunting tips and regulations

Get ready for the season with turkey tips. Browse spring turkey hunting tips by topics including pre-season scouting, using decoys, roosting birds, calls, and more.

Review turkey hunting regulations, including hunting hours, bag limits, and allowable hunting implements.
 

Report your turkey harvest online using the new MassFishHunt

Use MassFishHunt to easily report harvested birds online. Your license, permit, and harvest reporting information will transfer seamlessly to the new MassFishHunt system. If you want to report your harvest in person, view a map of check stations open this spring

How to report online:

1. Go to MassFishHunt.mass.gov.

2. Select Report a Harvest from the top menu.

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If you’re using a mobile device, click the 3 bars in the upper left of your screen to see the menu.

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3. Enter your customer ID and date of birth, then click Search.

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4. Your available tags will now be visible. Click the drop-down arrow next to the tag you are reporting on. Then click Report a harvest.

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5. You will have to answer a series of questions. You will need to examine the animal to answer some of the questions. When finished, click Submit at the bottom of the page.

6. A message containing your confirmation number will appear after you submit your report.
IMPORTANT: You must write this number on the harvest tag (which should still be attached to the harvested animal), where it shall remain until the animal is processed for food or taxidermy.

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Note: To get full use of the new MassFishHunt and purchase licenses online, you will need to claim your account and add an email and password. Learn how to log into the new MassFishhunt for the first time

Turkey hunting safety information

  • Follow state guidance related to COVID-19, social distancing, and travel.
  • Always follow the 10 basic rules of firearm safety.
  • Be completely sure of your target and what is beyond it before you shoot. Always practice firearm safety.
  • Don't stalk turkey sounds; it could be another hunter. Sit or stand and call the birds to you.
  • Do not wear red, white, blue, or black; these colors are associated with male turkeys.
  • Protect your back. Set up against a large tree or rock and make sure your view isn't obstructed. Don't hide in a place with an obstructed view.
  • Do not place decoys too close to where you set up. Never carry an exposed decoy or tail fan while hunting; put them in a bag when carrying them in or out of hunting locations.
  • Consider wearing hunter orange when entering or leaving your hunting area.
  • Regulation requires that all hunters place an official green safety sticker on their firearm positioned so it's visible when sighting down the barrel. If you need a new or replacement sticker for your firearm, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: MassWildlife, Attn: Turkey Safety Sticker, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. In order to ensure enough time to process and return mail safety stickers prior to opening day, please submit requests by April 16. Requests received after April 16 may not be fulfilled before opening day.

Media Contact for 2022 spring turkey season

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MASSWILDLIFE OFFICES AND HATCHERIES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

FISHING IS OPEN AND SPRING TROUT STOCKING WILL CONTINUE.

WMAs ARE OPEN.

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.
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