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2022 Tennessee Turkey Season Dates & Changes

It’s spring in Tennessee and that mean’s it’s time to start chasing longbeards. Like several southern states, Tennessee has made some significant changes to their turkey season regulations over the last two years in response to declining turkey numbers. We wanted to keep you abreast of these changes, so you can plan your Tennessee turkey season accordingly. Here’s what you need to know:

2022 Turkey Season Dates

Statewide (excluding the MAV Unit and Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, and Wayne Counties)

Young Sportsmen: March 26-27, 2022

Shotgun/Archery: April 2 – May 15, 2022

Bag Limit: One (1) bearded turkey per day, not to exceed three (3) per season

Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, and Wayne Counties

Young Sportsman: April 9-10, 2022

Shotgun/Archery: April 16 – May 15, 2022

Bag Limit: One (1) bearded turkey per day, not to exceed three (3) per season

MAV Unit (see map)

Young Sportsman: April 9-10, 2022

Shotgun/Archery: April 16 – May 15, 2022

Bag Limit: One (1) bearded turkey per day, not to exceed two (2) per season

Map of Tennessee's 2022 spring turkey season units

Bag Limits

One (1) bearded turkey per day, not to exceed three (3) per season, except the season limit in the MAV Unit shall not exceed two (2) bearded turkeys, which count toward the statewide season limit. Public land “bonus” turkeys have been eliminated. The purpose of these changes is to take a more conservative approach to the turkey season.

Tagging Requirements

You must tag your harvest prior to moving it. There are 2 options to do that.

  1. One step, paperless tagging! With the TWRA On the Go App, tagging and harvest reporting have never been easier – you are done in one step. Report your harvest with or without cell service before you move the game. You will immediately receive a harvest confirmation number that TWRA Officers can use to verify your harvest.
  2. No mobile phone? No problem. Use temporary transportation tags. Cut one out, fill in harvest information, and attach it to your game prior to moving it. The hunter is responsible for making sure the tag remains intact. You are still required to check the game in online or at a physical check station no later than midnight on the day of the harvest. Transportation tags can be found at the bottom of your license print out or you can log in and print them at GoOutdoorsTennessee.com.

Please Report Banded Turkeys

TWRA is conducting a statewide banding project to investigate gobbler harvest rates in Tennessee. Hunters who harvest a turkey with a TWRA leg-band are asked to report the band number stamped on the band. Hunters can keep the band as a memento of their hunt but reporting the band to TWRA is essential to getting a good estimate of turkey harvest rates. To report a TWRA wild turkey leg band, please go to http://tnturkeyband.com.

Legal Turkey Hunting Hours

Turkeys make be hunted in Tennessee from thirty minutes before legal sunrise to legal sunset.

Legal Turkey Hunting Weapons

  • Shotguns using ammunition with No. 4 shot or smaller. No restriction on the number of rounds in the magazine.
  • Archery equipment (longbows, recurve bows, compound bows, and crossbows).
  • A pre-charged pneumatic gun (Airbow) that shoots an arrow is legal for all hunters to use during Spring statewide turkey season.

Special Regulations

  • A licensed turkey hunter who has filled his/her bag limit or does not possess a valid permit for a quota hunt, may accompany another turkey hunter who has a valid permit (except on WMAs where prohibited) and assist them in calling, but may not have turkey hunting weapons in their possession.
  • On a Young Sportsman Hunt, youths must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and is not required to have a license. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.
  • Turkeys must remain intact until tagged and checked in.
  • All turkeys harvested on public land hunts count toward statewide bag limits (see WMA section for details).

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