2022 & 2023 Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons in Idaho

Youth-Only Spring Turkey Season for Male or Bearded Turkey

Game Management Units and Season Dates

  • Youth Season Applicable Units:
    • Units 1-20, 22-24, 31-33, 39, and 68A-78 (excluding specified portions)
    • Season Dates: April 8 - April 14
    • Note: See note 1 for special provisions.
  • Specific Youth Season in Payette County and Unit 38:
    • Season Dates: April 8 - May 25
    • Note: Refer to note 1.

General Spring Turkey Season for Male or Bearded Turkey

Game Management Units and Season Dates

  • General Season Applicable Units:

    • Units 1-20, 22-24, 31-33, 39, and 68A-78 (excluding specified portions)
    • Season Dates: April 15 - May 25
  • Farragut State Park and WMA in Unit 2:

    • Season Dates: April 15 - April 30
    • Special Condition: Archery only.

Important Notes and Considerations

  1. Special Provisions for Youth Hunting and Archery-Only Seasons: Youth hunters and adults opting for archery must adhere to specific guidelines and possible access restrictions. Detailed regulations may include licensing, bag limits, and hunting hours. Please reference the respective notes and state regulations for complete hunting conditions.

For the latest information on regulations, including special spring turkey seasons exclusive to youth or archery methods, hunters should consult the official Idaho Fish and Game documentation or contact local Fish and Game offices to ensure all requirements are met for a lawful and safe hunting experience.

Idaho Turkey Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

Idaho Turkey Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

2022 & 2023 Fall Turkey General Seasons in Idaho

General Fall Turkey Seasons for Either Sex

Season Dates for Specific Game Management Units

  • Units 1, 2 (except Farragut State Park and WMA), 3, 4, 4A, 5, 6, 7 & 9:

    • August 30 - January 31
    • Note: See note 2 regarding overlapping calendar years.
  • Unit 2 (Farragut State Park and WMA only):

    • November 1 - December 1
    • Archery only.
  • Units 8, 8A, 10A, 11, 11A, 13, 14, 15, 16, & 18:

    • August 30 - December 31
  • Units 10, 12, 16A, 17, 19, & 20:

    • August 30 - October 9
  • Units 22, 31, 32 (except that portion in Payette County), & 32A (outside National Forest System boundary):

    • August 30 - October 9
  • Units 70, 71, 73, 74, 75, 77, & 78:

    • September 15 - November 30

Notes for Fall Turkey Hunters:

  1. Youth-only hunts have specific age requirements detailed in the Idaho hunting regulations.
  2. Hunters must be aware of tag expiry on December 31 of the year of purchase. Licenses and tags for the following year become available on December 1.

Spring Controlled Hunts for Youth - Male or Bearded Turkey

Spring Youth-Only Controlled Hunts with Permit Allocations

  • Hunt Nos. 9001 - 9004: Cover all Units 21, 21A, 28, 29, 30, 36A, 36B, 37, 37A, 50, 51, 58, 59, 59A, 60, 60A, 61, 62, 62A, 63, 63A, 64, 65, 66, 67, 69, and 54.
    • Season Dates: April 8 – May 25
    • Notes: Hunts have limited access; contact regional offices for area maps.

Spring Controlled Hunts for Male or Bearded Turkey

General Spring Controlled Hunts with Permit Information

  • Hunt Nos. 9005 - 9011: Open to specific Units 21, 21A, 28, 29, 30, 36A, 36B, 37, 37A, 38, 32 (in Payette County), and 50-69.
    • Season Dates: Various dates in April and May with specific mention of access limitations.
    • Permits: Vary by hunt number, with some having a limited number and others unlimited.

Hunters should verify the latest information from Idaho Fish and Game for updates on controlled hunts, as boundaries and availability may change annually. For questions regarding unit boundaries, regulations, or permits, refer to the Big Game Seasons and Rules Brochure or contact Fish and Game offices directly.

2022 & 2023 Idaho Fall Controlled Turkey Hunts

Fall Hunt Application Dates

  • Application Period: May 1 – June 5
  • Leftover Permit Sale: Begins July 15 at 10:00 AM MDT

Youth-Only Fall Controlled Hunts for Either Sex Turkey

Specific Hunts with Allocated Permits

  • Hunt No. 9012:

    • Area: Units 22, and 31 (22-1)
    • Season Dates: August 30 - October 9
    • Permits: 20
  • Hunt No. 9013:

    • Area: Units 50, 51, 58, 59, 59A, 60, 60A, 61, 62, 62A, 63, 63A, 64, 65, 66, 67, and 69 (50-1)
    • Season Dates: September 15 - November 30
    • Permits: 25

General Fall Controlled Hunts for Either Sex Turkey

Controlled Hunts with Permit Details

  • Hunt No. 9014:

    • Area: Units 21, 21A, 29, 30, plus part of Unit 28 downstream from Hat Creek drainage (21A-1)
    • Season Dates: September 15 – December 31
    • Permits: 15
    • Notes: Access is limited.
  • Hunt No. 9015:

    • Area: Outside National Forest System boundary in Units 22, 31, and part of 32 not in Payette County (22-2)
    • Season Dates: October 10 – December 31
    • Permits: 75
  • Hunt No. 9016:

    • Area: Units 36A, 36B, 37, 37A, and part of Unit 28 upstream from/including Hat Creek drainage (36B-1)
    • Season Dates: September 15 – December 31
    • Permits: 30
    • Notes: Access is limited.
  • Hunt No. 9017:

    • Area: All of Unit 38 and a portion of Unit 32 in Payette County (38-1)
    • Season Dates: September 15 - October 9
    • Permits: 60
  • Hunt No. 9018:

    • Area: Unit 68A (68A)
    • Season Dates: September 15 - November 30
    • Permits: 50

Important Information for Hunters

Before applying for controlled hunts, it is essential to:

  • Check Hunt Descriptions: Since controlled hunt areas are subject to annual changes, hunters need to verify descriptions for the current year.
  • Review Game Management Unit Boundaries: Detailed boundary descriptions are available in the most recent Big Game Seasons and Rules Brochure.
  • Be Mindful of Access Limitations: Certain controlled hunts specify limited access which may require additional planning or arrangements.

For the most up-to-date information on regulations, permits, and unit specifications, hunters are advised to consult the Idaho Fish and Game Department's resources and materials, which include detailed brochures and the official website.

Landowner Permission Required Hunts for Turkey

Special Hunts to Address Depredation Issues

2022 & 2023 Spring Hunts

  • Hunt No. 9101:
    • Area: Private land only in specific portions of Unit 38.
    • Season Dates: April 15 - May 25.
    • Legal Bird: Beardless.
    • Tags: 50.

2023 & 2024 Spring and Fall Hunts

  • Hunt Nos. 9102 - 9110:
    • Cover various units including 22, 31, 32, 38, 68A, 69, 70, 71, 73, 74, and 77.
    • Season Dates range from April 15, 2023, through December 31, 2024, with specific hunts designated for either spring or fall.
    • Legal Bird: Either sex or beardless, depending on the hunt.
    • Tags allocation varies by hunt number.

Early 2023 & 2024 Winter/Spring Landowner Permission Required Hunts

  • Hunt Nos. 9201 & 9202:**
    • Areas: Private lands only in Units 22, 31, 32, and all of Unit 38 in Payette County.
    • Season Dates: January 1 - February 28 for both 2023 & 2024 seasons.
    • Legal Bird: Beardless.
    • Permits: 50 for each hunt.

Key Application Information for Hunters

  • Hunters should NOT apply for these special hunts during the controlled hunt application period. Instead, follow the application process detailed by Idaho Fish and Game.
  • Depredation Hunts: These are conducted to help manage conflicts between wildlife and landowners, such as property or agricultural damage.
  • Permission Requirement: Explicit landowner permission is required before hunters can pursue these hunts.

Licensing and Tag Purchase Information

  • Tags expire on December 31 the year they are purchased.
  • Hunters must have a valid hunting license and appropriate turkey tag for the year they wish to hunt.
  • Tags for the upcoming year become available for purchase starting on December 1.

For more information on these specific Landowner Permission Required Hunts, including how to obtain landowner permission, and for full hunt area descriptions and legal bird types, please refer to the official Idaho Fish and Game resources, contact local offices, or visit the applicable websites.

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