Wild turkey hunting

Wild turkeys are becoming more common in Québec. They are hunted in the spring and fall, in specific zones.

What to do before, during and after hunting

Before hunting

During hunting

Comply with the rules respecting:

After the kill

  • If necessary, follow the rules for locating an injured game animal.
  • If you kill an animal illegally (by accident or by mistake), follow the applicable rules.
  • When you have found the dead animal, attach the required transportation coupon. If you are a young hunter and are hunting under an adult’s licence, you must also comply with the rules that are specific to this situation.
  • Transport your weapon in accordance with the rules (empty, in a closed case, etc.).
  • Collect and eliminate your garbage properly (empty cartridges, waste from meals, etc.).
  • Register your game online or by taking the whole animal, eviscerated or not, to a registration station within 48 hours of leaving the hunting area.
  • Leave the transportation coupon on the carcass until it is cut up or placed in storage.

Special rules for wild turkey hunting

The following rules also apply:

  • Wild turkey hunting is permitted in the morning only, from 30 minutes before sunrise until midday.
  • You do not need to wear a fluorescent orange bib to hunt wild turkey.
  • Since wild turkey is not considered to be a small game animal, there are restrictions on firing from public roads in some zones.
  • A dog cannot be used to hunt wild turkey, except in autumn, when the use of pointing or flushing dogs is permitted.

Bag limits for wild turkey

A hunter may kill 3 wild turkeys per year: 2 in the spring and 1 in certain zones in the fall.

Catches are distributed by hunting zone:

Spring season: Hunters may kill 2 wild turkeys. The first may be killed in zones 2 to 13, 15, 26 and 27 and the second, in zones 3 to 11, 26 & 27. A hunter may kill both turkeys during the same half-day if they are hunting in a zone where a second turkey may be hunted.

Fall season: Hunters may kill 1 turkey, bearded or not, in zones 3 to 11.

Wild turkey baiting

Baiting of wild turkeys for hunting is prohibited in Québec.

In addition, you cannot hunt wild turkeys within 100 metres of any place where bait has been spread, regardless of the species for which the bait is intended.

The following are not considered to be bait:

  • Standing crops
  • Harvested crops that have been stacked as part of normal farming practice
  • Grains spread during normal farming operations

Identifying the sex and age of wild turkey

The following indications serve as a guide. If in doubt, refrain from shooting.

Adult males, also known as toms, have a uniform tail contour. The spur is more than one-half inch (1.2 cm) long, and the beard is more than 5 inches (12 cm). The side wing feathers are covered with white stripes, and the tip is generally rounded.

Juvenile males, also known as jakes, are characterized by the longer feathers of the centre of the tail. The spur is less than one-half inch (1.2 cm) long, and the beard is less tant 5 inches (12 cm). The side wing feathers are not covered with white stripes, and the tip is usually pointed.

Adult females and adult bearded females have no spurs and generally no beard. Less than 5% of species have beards. When they do have one, it can reach about 5 inches (or 12 cm). Their head is blue-grey.

Refer to our poster to recognize the sex and age of wild turkey This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in French only).

Regulatory Information

Last update: March 26, 2024


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