Turkey Hunting in Massachusetts

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  • 30,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Easterns

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 85,000 (estimated)

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $32.50

    Hunting license and turkey permit. Archery stamp is $5.10.

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $104.50

    Hunting license and turkey permit. Archery stamp is $5.10.

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

Bet you didn't know the Massachusetts state game bird is the wild turkey, while the official "state bird" is the black-capped chickadee.

Shooting hours run from a half-hour before sunrise until noon in the spring, which might seem unusual to visiting hunters who live in states where it's open all day.

Wildlife management zones are clearly listed on this map.

Western Massachusetts, more rural and rugged country than to the east, is typically the region many Bay State turkey hunters target. That said, birds can be found throughout the state, including urban strongholds.

Massachusetts owns 195,000 acres of fish and wildlife habitat, including 147 wildlife management areas.

Top Bay State counties for registering turkeys typically include Berkshire, Franklin, Plymouth, and Worcester.

Important Fact: To hunt legally, an official safety sticker (which comes with the turkey permit) must be placed on your gun so that it's visible when sighting down the barrel. Lose one? Contact the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for a replacement.

– Steve Hickoff

Turkey Hunting in Massachusetts. Image by Tes Randle Jolly

Massachusetts Turkey Hunting Regulations

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