§22. Turkey Seasons

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Title

10APPENDIX

:
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Regulations






Chapter

001

:
GAME









[effective until January 1, 2016]

[Section 22 effective until January 1,

2016; see also section 22 effective January 1, 2016 set out below.]

§

22. Turkey Seasons

1.0 Authority

1.1 This rule is

adopted pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4081(a). In adopting this rule, the fish and

wildlife board is following the policy established by the general assembly that

the protection, propagation, control, management, and conservation of fish,

wildlife and fur-bearing animals in this state is in the interest of the public

welfare and that the safeguarding of this valuable resource for the people of

the state requires a constant and continual vigilance.

1.2 In

accordance with 10 V.S.A. § 4082, this rule is designed to maintain the best

health, population and utilization levels of the turkey flock.

1.3 In accordance

with 10 V.S.A. § 4084, this rule establishes daily, season and possession

limits for game, territorial limits; to prescribe the manner and means of

taking; to establish territorial limits for the taking of turkeys; and to

establish restrictions on taking based upon sex, maturity or other physical

distinction.

2.0 Purpose The

purpose of this regulation is to establish seasons for the taking of turkeys,

to establish open Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) for the taking of turkeys,

to establish methods of taking turkeys and to establish limits on the number of

turkeys to be taken.

 3.0 Definitions

3.1

"Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Vermont fish and

wildlife department.

3.2

"Department" means the means the Vermont fish and wildlife department.



3.3 "Legal

means" means the taking of a moose by muzzleloader, rifle, pistol, or

archery equipment in conformance with Section 13 of this rule.

3.4

"Permit" means a document issued by the department authorizing the

taking of a moose.

3.5

"Wildlife Management Unit" (WMU) means one of 24 geographical areas

in Vermont for which big game regulations may vary.

 4.0 Spring Season

4.1 Dates: May

1, through May 31, inclusive.

4.2 Shooting

hours: One-half hour before sunrise to twelve noon.

4.3 Legal turkey:

Only wild turkeys with beards.

4.4 Bag Limit:

Two bearded wild turkeys per person per season.

4.5 Open WMUs:

Open statewide

5.0 Fall Season.



5.1 Dates and

Open WMU's.

(a) Bow and

Arrow only:

i. Dates: From

the 1st Saturday in October to the beginning of the shotgun/bow and arrow

season.

ii. Open WMUs:

Open Statewide

(b) Shotgun/Bow

& Arrow Season

i. Dates: Nine

consecutive days beginning 21 days prior to the regular deer season, inclusive.



ii. Open WMUs:

B, D, G, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, and Q and their respective subunits:.

(c) Shotgun/Bow

& Arrow Season

i. Dates: For 16

consecutive days beginning 21 days prior to the regular deer season, inclusive.



ii. Open WMUs:

subunits: WMUs F, K, and N and their respective subunits:.

5.2 Shooting

hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

5.3 Legal

Turkey: Any wild turkey.

5.4 Bag limit:

One turkey per person.

6.0 Legal Method

of Taking: 

6.1 Only a

shotgun or bow and arrow may be used.

6.2 Only number

2 through number 8 shot shall be used or possessed.

6.3 An arrowhead

must be at least 7/8th of an inch in width and have two or more cutting edges.

6.4 Rifles and

handguns shall not be used or carried by any person while hunting turkeys.

6.5 No person

shall use dogs in the spring, nor electronic calling devices, bait, live

decoys, or participate in cooperative drives during either season.

7.0 Youth Turkey

Hunting Weekend

7.1 Legal

Turkey: Only bearded turkeys may be taken.

7.2 Bag limit:

One bearded turkey per youth. A youth may also hunt during the spring season

and take two bearded turkeys during that season.   (Added 1982, Fish and Game Board Reg. No.

938, §§ 1-3, eff. Jan. 1, 1983; amended 1983, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), eff. April

13, 1984; 1985, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 956, eff. March 7, 1985; 1985,

Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 957, eff. July 5, 1985; 1987, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. No. 957, eff. Jan. 1, 1987; 1988, Fish and Wildlife Board

Reg. No. 974, eff. April 12, 1988; 1990, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 981,

eff. April 27, 1990; 1992, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 981, eff. November

14, 1992; 1993, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 996, eff. April 22, 1993;

1993, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. in subsec. (E) 1007, eff. Feb. 13, 1994;

1998, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1007, eff. April 3, 1998; 1999, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1007, eff. Feb. 17, 1999; 2002, Fish and Wildlife Board

Reg. No. 1007, eff. Aug. 3, 2002; 2003, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1007a,

eff. Feb. 12, 2003, 2003, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1007, eff. March 5,

2004, 2010, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. eff. July 9, 2010.)




[effective January 1, 2016]

[Section 22 effective January 1, 2016; see

also section 22 effective until January 1, 2016 set out above.]

§

22. Turkey Seasons

1.0 Authority

1.1 This rule is

adopted pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4081(a). In adopting this rule, the fish and

wildlife board is following the policy established by the general assembly that

the protection, propagation, control, management, and conservation of fish,

wildlife and fur-bearing animals in this state is in the interest of the public

welfare and that the safeguarding of this valuable resource for the people of

the state requires a constant and continual vigilance.

1.2 In

accordance with 10 V.S.A. § 4082, this rule is designed to maintain the best

health, population and utilization levels of the turkey flock.

1.3 In accordance

with 10 V.S.A. § 4084, this rule establishes daily, season and possession

limits for game, territorial limits; to prescribe the manner and means of

taking; to establish territorial limits for the taking of turkeys; and to

establish restrictions on taking based upon sex, maturity or other physical

distinction.

2.0 Purpose The

purpose of this regulation is to establish seasons for the taking of turkeys,

to establish open Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) for the taking of turkeys,

to establish methods of taking turkeys and to establish limits on the number of

turkeys to be taken.

 3.0 Definitions

3.1

"Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Vermont fish and

wildlife department.

3.2

"Crossbow" means a device consisting of a bow mounted to a rigid stock

for discharging bolts or arrows and having a mechanical means to hold and

release the drawn string, which must be fired from the shoulder. A bolt means a

short projectile for a crossbow that resembles an arrow and has a head that

measures no less than 7/ inch at its widest point. A crossbow shall have a

minimum pull of 125 pounds, a working mechanical safety and a stock no less

than 23 inches in length.

3.3

"Department" means the Vermont fish and wildlife department.

3.4 "Legal

means" means the taking of a turkey by shotgun, crossbow, or archery

equipment in conformance with Section 6 of this rule.

3.5

"Permit" means a document issued by the department authorizing the

taking of a turkey.

3.6

"Wildlife Management Unit" (WMU) means one of 21 geographical areas

in Vermont for which big game regulations may vary.

 4.0 Spring Season

4.1 Dates: May

1, through May 31, inclusive.

4.2 Shooting

hours: One-half hour before sunrise to twelve noon.

4.3 Legal

turkey: Only wild turkeys with beard(s).

4.4 Bag Limit:

Two bearded wild turkeys per person per season.

4.5 Open WMUs:

Open statewide

5.0 Fall Season.



5.1 Dates and

Open WMU's.

(a) Bow and

Arrow, and crossbow only:

i. Dates: From

the 1st Saturday in October to the beginning of the shotgun/bow and arrow/crossbow

season.

ii. Open WMUs:

Open Statewide

(b) Shotgun/Bow

& Arrow/Crossbow Season

i. Dates: Nine

consecutive days beginning 21 days prior to the regular deer season, inclusive.



ii. Open WMUs:

B, D, G, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, and Q and their respective subunits:.

(c) Shotgun/Bow

& Arrow/Crossbow Season

i. Dates: For 16

consecutive days beginning 21 days prior to the regular deer season, inclusive.



ii. Open WMUs:

subunits: WMUs F, K, and N and their respective subunits:.

5.2 Shooting

hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

5.3 Legal

Turkey: Any wild turkey.

5.4 Bag limit:

One turkey per person.

6.0 Legal Method

of Taking: 

6.1 Only a

shotgun, crossbow, or bow and arrow may be used. A cross bow may only be used

by a hunter who is 50 years or older or has a permit in accordance with 10

V.S.A. § 4711.

6.2 Only number

2 through number 8 shot shall be used or possessed.

6.3 An arrowhead

must be at least 7/8th of an inch in width and have two or more cutting edges.

6.4 Rifles shall

not be used or carried by any person while hunting turkeys. A person taking a

turkey with a crossbow or bow and arrow may carry a handgun in accordance with

10 V.S.A. § 4252(b), however, that person may not use the handgun to take

turkey.

6.5 No person

shall use dogs in the spring, nor electronic calling devices, bait, live

decoys, or participate in cooperative drives during either season.

6.6 Any person

wishing to hunt turkey with a crossbow or bow and arrow must hold proof of

having held an archery license or a certificate of satisfactory completion of a

bowhunter education course from Vermont or another state or province of Canada

which is approved by the Commissioner.

6.7 Unless it is

uncocked, a person shall not possess or transport a crossbow in or on a motor

vehicle, motorboat, airplane, snowmobile, or other motor-propelled vehicle

except as permitted in accordance with 10 V.S.A. § 4705.

7.0 Youth Turkey

Hunting Weekend

7.1 Legal

Turkey: Only bearded turkeys may be taken.

7.2 Bag limit:

One bearded turkey per youth. A youth may also hunt during the spring season

and take two bearded turkeys during that season.

7.3 Season: One

half hour before sunrise until noon.  

(Added 1982, Fish and Game Board Reg. No. 938, §§ 1-3, eff. Jan. 1, 1983;

amended 1983, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), eff. April 13, 1984; 1985, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. No. 956, eff. March 7, 1985; 1985, Fish and Wildlife Board

Reg. No. 957, eff. July 5, 1985; 1987, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 957,

eff. Jan. 1, 1987; 1988, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 974, eff. April 12,

1988; 1990, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 981, eff. April 27, 1990; 1992,

Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 981, eff. November 14, 1992; 1993, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. No. 996, eff. April 22, 1993; 1993, Fish and Wildlife Board

Reg. No. in subsec. (E) 1007, eff. Feb. 13, 1994; 1998, Fish and Wildlife Board

Reg. No. 1007, eff. April 3, 1998; 1999, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1007,

eff. Feb. 17, 1999; 2002, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1007, eff. Aug. 3,

2002; 2003, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1007a, eff. Feb. 12, 2003, 2003,

Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. No. 1007, eff. March 5, 2004, 2010, Fish and

Wildlife Board Reg. eff. July 9, 2010; 2015, Fish and Wildlife Board Reg. eff.

Jan. 1, 2016.)
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