Spring turkey hunts on public and SHARE land start on March 30, 2019
Register now for special turkey hunts under CDFW auspices.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding 86 spring turkey hunts in 2019 on public and private land. The spring turkey season opens on March 30, 2019, and runs until May 5 of the year.
Junior hunters with a valid hunting license can hunt spring turkey at 25 special junior hunts from March 23-24, 2019 and up to two weeks after the season has closed (May 6 – 19) using shotguns or other legal methods of taking a turkey.
The spring turkey season encompasses archery-only hunts between May 6 and May 19. In addition, 2019 offers for the first time archery-only hunts during the general and archery turkey season near Millerton Lake in Madera County.
Madera County is located in the center of California near Fresno County halfway between the Oregon border and the U.S. border with Mexico. It is reasonably close to some of the best wild pig hunting in California.
The 2019 spring turkey hunts include select hunts on SHARE properties on two the 722-acre River Ridge Ranch and the 975-acre Hart Ranch in Tulare County. Both ranches are new to spring turkey hunts.
Wild turkey populations are growing throughout the state and chances for turkey hunting success are consequently improving. These two factors together are propelling spring turkey hunting a very exciting upland bird hunting event.
But before getting carried away with anticipation, please make sure to use nonlead shot, to have a valid hunting license with upland game bird stamp validation, know applicable rules and regulations, have a proper access permit for the special spring turkey hunts.
Junior hunters do not need an upland bird stamp to hunt turkey. Shooting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise until 5 p.m. When hunting spring turkey in 2019, hunters must use nonlead ammo on all public and private lands, national forests, Bureau of Land Management, and CDFW properties.
Interested hunters must use the Automated License Data System. The hunts fall into four groups, Junior Hunts, General Opening Weekend Hunts, Archery-Only Hunts and Balance of Season Hunts.
A very small application fee of $ 2.42 applies. Hunters can submit only one application per hunter for each drawing. However, applicants can select their hunt choices in order of preference. They may be drawn only once per application.
The application deadlines are as follows:
- Junior Hunts: Saturday, March 2, 2019
- Opening Weekend General Season Hunts: Saturday, March 9, 2019
- Archery-Only Hunts: Sunday, March 10, 2019
- Balance of the Season Hunts: Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
To apply, please visit CDFW’s online sales site, sign in, and then select “Purchase Licenses” link. Then go to “2018 – Hunting” on the left side of the page. Look for “Drawings” on the right side of the new page and follow the instructions. Do not forget to download your receipt for your entries in the drawings.
SHARE spring turkey hunt procedures
Interested hunter can find SHARE spring turkey hunt information in the same location under “SHARE Hunts Multi Choice Application”.
An application fee of $ 11.62 per hunt applies to all Tulare County private ranch spring turkey hunts (SHARE hunts). The income from the application fees for SHARE spring turkey hunts will go directly to the participating property owners. This financial contribution to the owners of SHARE lands serves the purpose of encouraging property owners to join SHARE by paying for the hunts on their lands and for other opportunities yet to come.
To learn more about SHARE hunts go to www.wildlife.ca.gov/turkey-. Then select River Ridge Ranch and Hart Ranch from the menu.
Additional general information on turkey and other hunting opportunities, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/.
Good luck hunting turkey. And if you have a spare one, please send it to me.