Spring turkey hunting will begin April 1. The application period for the turkey quota hunts began Dec. 14 and the filing deadline is Jan. 18. There are 14 adult hunts and three youth hunts available. Sign-ups must be done online or at any license agency; they cannot be mailed. The turkey quota hunt instruction sheet is also available at license agencies or online at www.tnwildlife.org, then choose “Buy a License Online”. Or go to https://quotahunt.gooutdoorstennessee.com/Hunts/CustomerLookup.aspx.
Follow the application directions carefully. All applicants (except Sportsman License holders and seniors with Type 167 and 167 permits) pay a non-refunded $12 permit fee, 50-cent drawing fee, and a $2 access fee if applying online. Parties of up to five people may be formed. The results of the drawings will be available online a few days after Jan. 18.
The 2017 spring turkey season will run April 1 – May 14. The Statewide Youth-only Hunt (ages 6-16) will be March 25-26. The bag limit for the regular hunts is one bearded bird per day, not to exceed four per season. Turkeys taken on wildlife management area hunts are bonus birds. Most WMAs are open for turkey hunting, but some have special restrictions; see page 32 of the 2016-2017 hunting guide and the various WMA listings.