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Can you hunt wild turkey in California?

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Asked by: Patrick Bailey

Hunters are limited to one bearded turkey per day with a spring season limit of three birds. Nonlead shot is required when taking wildlife with a firearm anywhere in the state. Turkeys also can be legally hunted with air rifles and lead pellets of at least 0.177 caliber.

Where can I hunt wild turkey in California?

Lake County is now considered one of the top wild turkey areas in the state. The Cache Creek Wildlife Area in eastern Lake County is prime turkey country. The BLM land called the Payne Ranch also has a large turkey population. The Mendocino National Forest from Upper Lake to Lake Pillsbury is excellent for turkeys.

Do you need a license to hunt turkey in California?

A: A California hunting license is required for any person taking birds or mammals. Hunters must carry licenses and be prepared to show them on request.

Is there a turkey hunting season in California?

California’s general spring turkey season opens statewide March 26 and runs through May 1. With growing populations of wild turkeys in many parts of the state, spring turkey season has become one of the more anticipated opportunities on the hunting calendar.

What do you need to hunt turkey in California?

A hunting license and upland game bird stamp are required. Legal methods of take include shotgun, archery equipment, or air rifle. Seasons and other hunting regulations are available from CDFW offices and online.

What kind of wild turkey is in California?

The two primary subspecies found in California are the Rio Grande and Merriam’s subspecies. Eastern turkeys and various hybrid turkeys have also been released in the state.

How many wild turkeys are in California?

around seven million

Today, due to conservation and reintroduction efforts, wild turkeys populations have rebounded to around seven million, and they inhabit about 18% of the state of California.

Can you eat a wild turkey?

Just about every part of a wild turkey is edible. While the legs and thighs of a wild turkey aren’t as tender as the breast meat, they are even more flavorful. Use them in soups, stews, slow-cooked turkey barbecue, and, my favorite, turkey and dumplings.

Can I shoot a wild turkey?

And No, City Residents, You Can’t Shoot Them. Turkeys walk through a neighborhood in Sacramento. During the holidays, Americans eat more than 68 million turkeys.

Can you hunt turkey with a pistol in California?

A: No, a person may not use a blowgun to hunt wild turkeys, nor is it legal to possess a blowgun at all. The mechanisms by which a person may hunt or “take” wild turkeys are covered in California Code of Regulations, Title 14, section 311.

How late can you hunt turkeys in California?

And remember, shooting hours for Spring wild turkey hunting in California is one half hour before sunrise to 5 pm.

What are shooting hours for turkey in California?

The shooting hours for pheasants shall be from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The shooting hours for the spring wild turkey season shall be from one-half hour before sunrise to 5:00 p.m.

Are wild turkeys protected?

As upland game birds, wild turkeys are not a federally protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act but are protected by state law in North Carolina. Turkeys are a big game species. What is the common damage caused by turkeys?

Are turkey native to California?

Wild turkeys, Meleagris gallopavo, are not native to California. They were first introduced to the state for hunting in the 1870s. Subsequent introductions, in the 1920s and 1950s, failed to take—the birds were farm-raised and they didn’t fare well.

Why are there so many turkeys in California?

Wild turkeys are one of the most common fossils found in the La Brea tar pits and were present in Southern California in the Pleistocene. But “most of the introduced ones here were brought from the Texas or Oklahoma area,” said Krakauer. “The landscape here is similar, so the turkeys adapted easily to California.”