The statewide spring turkey season opens March 25. It ends on April 30, 2017.
The spring turkey season is the first major statewide hunting season that requires hunters to use lead-free shot when using s shotgun. Turkey hunters must use nonlead shot on public and on private land, including national forests, Bureau of Land Management properties and CDFW lands. Licensed game bird clubs do not fall under this requirement. Hunters can still use standard shot while spring turkey hunting on game club property.
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However, property owners hunting on their own land and any hunter properly authorized to hunt on their private land must comply with this new requirement.
The general spring turkey season in California opens on March 25, 2017, and runs until April 30, 2017. An archery only season extends from May 1 to May 14, 2017.
Junior hunters with a valid junior hunting license have a sweet deal. They may hunt the weekend before the opener, March 18 and 19, and the weeks immediately following the general season, May 1-14. Better yet, they are allowed to use shotguns or any other legal method of take.
Nonlead shot, just as nonlead bullets, have patterns that differ slightly from those associated with standard leaded shot. CDFW, therefore, suggests that hunters practice shooting with nonlead shot on a range before venturing out for a spring turkey hunt.
To learn more about the regulations for nonlead ammunition and how the new regulations will be implemented visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/nonlead-ammunition.
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