General Information


Turkey Permits & Tags

Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Legal Equipment: Shotguns using shot sizes 2-9. Longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows that do not have a mechanical device that locks them at full or partial draw and crossbows. Disabled hunters who, in addition to a turkey permit, possess a disability draw-lock permit as authorized under KAR 115-18-7, may hunt with bows that have a draw-lock device attached. No bow, crossbow or arrow may have any electronic device attached that controls the flight of the arrow. Devices that may be attached to a bow or arrow shall include lighted pin, dot or holographic sights; illuminated nocks; rangefinders; film or video cameras; and radio-frequency location devices. Range-finding devices and optical scopes or sights that project no visible light toward the target and do not electronically amplify visible or infrared light may be used. Arrows used for hunting turkeys must be equipped with broadhead points that cannot pass through a ring 3/4-inch in diameter when fully expanded. Non-broadhead arrows may be in possession while hunting but may not be used to take wild turkeys. Devices capable of dispensing chemicals to take big game animals may not be used.

Crossbows are legal equipment during the archery and regular seasons.

Youth and disabled permit holders may use any legal equipment during the Spring Youth and Disability/Archery-only Season.

It is illegal

  • to use drugs, chemicals or any chemical compound as part of or in conjunction with broadhead arrows to take wild turkeys.
  • to use dogs for the purpose of pursuing, chasing, hunting or taking wild turkey. Dogs may be used while hunting wild turkey only during the fall turkey season.
  • to shoot at, kill or pursue wild turkey from a motorboat, airplane, motor vehicle or other water, air or land vehicle.
  • to use two-way radios in any manner for the purpose of pursuing, chasing, or hunting wild turkey, or to give information concerning the location of turkeys by radio or mechanical means.
  • to use live decoys and electronic calls. (It is legal to use decoys, nonelectronic calls and lures.)
  • to throw or cast the rays of a spotlight, headlight or other artificial light on any highway, roadway, field, grassland, woodland or forest, for the purpose of spotting, locating or taking any wildlife species while having in possession any archery or firearms equipment.