Washington's spring wild turkey hunting season opens April 15 and runs through
May 15. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologists say it should
be a productive season since populations of the introduced birds are doing well across
The season is open for shotgun and bow-and-arrow hunting and only gobblers
or turkeys with visible beards can be harvested. Hunters must have a valid hunting
license ($15 for residents, $150 for non-residents) and a turkey transport tag ($18 for
residents, $60 for non-residents.)
Hunters can take up to a total of three turkeys per year, but only one of each of
the three subspecies of turkeys. Subspecies are defined by county of kill: Eastern wild
turkeys are those in all of western Washington, except for Klickitat and Skamania
counties; Merriam's wild turkeys are those in Ferry, Klickitat, Pend Oreille, Skamania
and Stevens counties; RioGrande wild turkeys are those in all of eastern Washington,
except for Ferry, Klickitat, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties.
Turkey hunters who want to hunt for more than one sub-species must purchase
multiple turkey transport tags on or before April 14. A single statewide tag can be
purchased at any time.
The three subspecies of wild turkey have been introduced in Washington
through inter-state trapping and transplant projects since 1960. WDFW biologists
report that turkeys are doing well, expanding throughout their range with the help of
occasional boosts from transplant efforts.
Details about turkey identification and harvest are in WDFW's "Wild Turkey
Spring Season" pamphlet, available at any license dealer.