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Turkey Season Opening

February 21, 2021, 9:14 AM HST
* Updated February 21, 9:15 AM
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Monday, Mar. 1, 2021 marks the opening of the 2021 spring bearded turkey hunting season. The spring season will run for 46 consecutive days through Thursday, April 15, 2021. The spring season will be for bearded turkeys only, in locations identified below. The season length, bag limits, and hunting areas are those established in Title 13, Chapter 122, “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting, Field Trials and Commercial Shooting Preserves.

Open Turkey Hunting Areas and special conditions are as follows:

Unit A – Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and GMA: Mammal hunting will also be open above tree-line for rifle, muzzleloader, handgun, and shotgun.

Unit G – Kaohe GMA: Also open daily to mammal hunting for archery.

Unit F – Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Forest Reserve: All gates must be closed. Paddocks where cattle are present will be closed to hunting. Season dates are Mar. 1 – April 15, 2021 (46 consecutive days); Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

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Private Lands: Hunters required to have valid hunting license, current turkey tags and landowner permission.

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Bag Limits and Tags

The daily bag limit will be three bearded turkeys per hunter with a season bag limit of three. All hunters are required to have a current unused turkey tag in their possession while hunting. Tags are currently $5/tag for residents and $20/tag for non-residents. Turkey tags are nontransferable and must be fastened with snaps and secured tightly around the neck or tarsus of any bird taken immediately after the kill. Tags may be purchased by mail and at a few commercial vendors. To purchase tags by mail, hunters must send a copy of their 2021 State of Hawai‘i hunting license with game bird stamp, a money order payable to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and a self-addressed stamped envelope to 66-1220 A Lalamilo Road, Kamuela, HI 96743. Please allow for a two-week turn around to receive tags. Turkey tags are also required to hunt on private land.

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