Chris Schulz Published

Spring Turkey Season Starts This Weekend

A male turkey with its feathers puffed out walks on a crisp green lawn.
Spring turkey season kicks off this weekend with a two day youth season.
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The state’s spring turkey season kicks off with a two-day youth season Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, giving young hunters a chance to take part in the excitement. 

Youth hunters must be at least 8 years old and less than 18 years old.

The regular season opens statewide April 17 and goes for five weeks until May 21.

All hunters 15 and older are required to have a valid West Virginia hunting license.

There is a season bag limit of one bearded turkey per day, two all season for all ages. 

For more information on hunting requirements and limits, be sure to check the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The DNR calls wild turkeys one of the most wary game birds in North America, notorious for their keen senses and elusive nature, making them a challenging quarry for even the most experienced hunters. 

All residents are advised by the DNR that the spring turkey season is the perfect opportunity to combine multiple outdoor activities into a single day’s trip including hunting, fishing, hiking or taking in the natural beauty of the landscape.