Turkey Hunting in Massachusetts

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  • C
  • 30,000-35,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Easterns

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 58,000 (estimated)

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $36.00

    Hunting license ($26), turkey permit ($10), and safety sticker required.

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $108.00

    Big game license ($98), turkey permit ($10), and safety sticker required.

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

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

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.

As harvest data goes, 3,200 turkeys were taken during the 2020 spring season, and an estimated 3,000 last year.

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

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.

Also, 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.

For the "Youth Turkey Hunt" though, legal hours begin a half-hour before sunrise and end at 5:00 p.m.

– Steve Hickoff

Turkey Hunting in Massachusetts. Image by Tes Randle Jolly

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