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Tips on hunting turkeys

Turkey hunting is fun, but it requires some know-how

Spring is a great time to be outside. The temperatures are perfect, nature is waking up from its winter nap and the turkey hunting is fantastic.

Here are the dates for Utah's spring general-season turkey hunts in 2024:

  • Youth hunt: April 26–28 (for youth who are 17 years old or younger on July 31, 2024)
  • Spring general-season hunt: April 29–May 31

If you haven't hunted turkeys before, a little preparation is in order. Wild turkeys have stable populations in Utah, but a successful hunt is still a challenge. Fortunately, it's easier than you might think. A little research, a shotgun, the right clothing, mastering a few turkey-calling techniques and, most important, patience is all you really need.

Of course, you'll also need a permit, but that's the easy part — buy a turkey permit today. For more information about license and permit requirements, see the current Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook.

To help you get started, we've put together five short how-to videos. They'll provide an introduction to one of Utah's best and most rewarding hunting opportunities.

More information

Video Part 1
Why spring?

Lots of people ask this question. Hint: it involves turkey biology and habitat.

Video Part 2
The signs

They're out there, but you need to know what to look for and where to look.

Video Part 3
Turkey talk

Learning to talk turkey isn't hard, but it requires the right calls and practice.

Video Part 4
Guns & gear

A basic shotgun will do the trick, but camouflage is also important.

Video Part 5
The regs

Know the regulations and have a permit before you head out.

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