General Spring Turkey Hunting Season Opens Statewide on March 31

This is a press release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife :

California’s 2017-18 general spring turkey hunting season opens statewide on March 31 and extends through May 6. The archery-only hunting season follows immediately afterward, running from May 7-20.

Young hunters will have additional opportunities to bag a spring tom turkey. Junior Hunting License holders may hunt the weekend before the general opener, March 24 and 25, and the two weeks after the general season closes, May 7-20, using shotguns or any other legal method of take.

Shooting hours for spring turkeys are from one-half hour before sunrise to 5 p.m. Both a hunting license and an upland game bird stamp validation are required to hunt wild turkeys, although an upland stamp is not required of Junior Hunting License holders.

Nonlead shot is required when taking wild turkeys with a shotgun anywhere in the state except when hunting on licensed game bird clubs. These regulations apply to both public and private land, including all national forests, Bureau of Land Management, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) properties. For more information on nonlead ammunition regulations, please visit

CDFW is offering 89 separate special turkey hunting opportunities throughout the state. Starting this year, application for these special hunting opportunities must be made through CDFW’s Automated License Data System.

Hunts are grouped into three separate drawings: Junior hunts, General Opening Weekend hunts and Balance of Season hunts. There is a $2.42 application fee and only one application per hunter is allowed for each drawing. Applications allow hunters to select their top three hunt choices in order of their preference. Hunters may only be drawn once per application. The application deadlines for these hunts are as follows:

  • Junior Hunts: Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Opening Weekend General Season Hunts: Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Balance of the Season Hunts: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

To apply for these hunts, please visit, sign into your account, select the “Purchase Licenses” link and select “2017 – Hunting” from the menu on the left side of the page. Spring turkey hunt application items will be available under the “Drawings” section on the right side of the page. After submitting your application, checking out and completing payment, you will be able to download a receipt confirming your entries into the drawing.

For more details and descriptions of these hunts, please visit



  • unbridled phillistine

    When I was Teenager on one of my first Turkey hunts I spent all morning calling back and forth with a gobbler til it got late in the morning and I finally gave up and walked over only to find it was behind a farmers fence! So funny now but back then I was so upset! I am pretty sure we had to stop hunting at 1pm back then, not 5pm.One of the funnest hunts there is for sure.

  • Turkey season should be no limit, all year.

  • I’ll warn the boys.. they come to my door every morning..

  • triniboldticino

    Reintroduction of these vermin nationwide is a money making scam for Fish and Game. Kinda nice to see them occasionally, but they breed like rats, throw off the ecosystems, feed on the same things other native species feed on, and are simply there for “sport” because wildlife biologists have been spoon fed “consumptive economics” to keep money flowing to their departments. I’m not in CA, right now, but I could drop 5 at once from the dining room table out the window with the Browning Auto 5. And they don’t belong here, either.

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