Wild Turkey

Hunting this species can be the most exciting and challenging fowl hunting available. Beginning in the spring, when male birds attempt to attract their mates with proud displays of strutting and calling, the challenge is the greatest. As a result, calling has become the preferred method for luring these birds, notorious for their awareness.

Wild turkeys are a relatively recent reintroduction into Ontario’s wildlife system. Conservations and wildlife experts work with the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers and the National Wild Turkey Federation to help the species integrate and thrive.

Measures of selective harvesting and hunter education have since proven fruitful: according to wildlife management experts, our provincial population of wild turkey is now plentiful in the Southern Ontario region.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Conservation is still all-important with the wild turkey. Regulations have been put into place to ensure that their populations are respected, during the spring hunting season a two-bird limit applies. Separate turkey tags must be purchased for each, and each bird must be harvested on separate days.
  • To hunt wild turkey in Ontario, you require both a small game license and a special wild turkey license.
  • It is mandatory for first time resident and non-resident wild turkey hunters to successfully complete the one-day Wild Turkey Hunter Education Course (and written exam) that covers biology, hunting techniques and safety measures. Only upon completion, are the licenses available.
  • Get more information about wild turkey and the hunting opportunities for this species in Ontario.

Hunters and dog paddling through the marshes.

ONTARIO HUNTING REGULATIONS SUMMARY

Download the most recent edition for information dealing with hunting licenses, seasons and laws in Ontario.

Image of a wild turkey on the ground.

REPORT POACHING

Please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (1-877-847-7667) and report hunting or fishing out of season, or any other abuse of our natural resources.

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