April 20, 2017
Youth license holders will be the first with a chance to harvest a turkey during the Youth Turkey Hunting Day scheduled for Saturday, April 22, two days before the regular season opener on Monday, April 24. Hunters with a valid Youth License who have obtained a "Y" turkey permit may begin their spring turkey hunting season on this day prior to the opening of the regular season.
The Youth Turkey Hunting Day is part of the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Take a Kid Hunting Program. It is considered an extension of the regular season permit held by the youth. If a youth hunter harvests a turkey on this youth hunting day the "Y" period permit is no longer valid for future hunting. All other spring turkey hunting regulations apply.
Direct supervision of the youth hunter by a properly licensed non-hunting adult 21 years of age or older is required. The adult may not shoot on this day.
Helpful turkey hunting information and tips can be found on the Wild Turkey in New Jersey page at www.njfishandwildlife.com/turkey_info.htm. The Wild Turkey Hunting Season Information booklet is no longer published so hunters should refer to the regulation information linked from the wild turkey page.
Permits are available at license agents and online (permits obtained online are mailed so allow time for delivery). Permit availability can be checked at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com/ALS/unit_report.php.