Wild turkeys. (Photo: Pixabay)

The statewide turkey hunting season in Georgia opens on March 24, but youth and mobility-impaired hunters utilizing private land have a chance to harvest a bird during a special early opportunity turkey season on March 17–18.

“This special opportunity season for youth and mobility-impaired hunters allows these groups to get in the woods before the season opens statewide the following weekend,” said John Bowers, chief of Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Game Management.

This weekend hunt opportunity is available only for youth 16 years of age and younger or hunters that are mobility impaired (i.e. confined to a wheelchair, hemiplegia, monoplegia, paraplegia, or single-leg amputation above the knee).


Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) who may call for, but not take or attempt to take, a turkey.

All turkey hunters, including those under 16 years of age, landowners, honorary, lifetime, and sportsman license holders, must obtain a free harvest record each season. Before moving a harvested turkey, hunters are required to immediately enter the date and county on the harvest record, and within 72 hours, must complete the reporting process through Georgia Game Check. Find more information here.

Resident youth hunters under age 16 will not need a license. Hunters age 16 years or older (including those accompanying youth or others) will need a hunting license and a big game license unless hunting on their own private land. Get your license here, at a retail license vendor or by phone at 1-800-366-2661.

Tennessee’s young sportsmen hunt

Tennessee’s young sportsmen hunting season—for youth ages 6-16—takes place March 24-25. Participants may take one bearded turkey per day, which counts toward the statewide bag limit, unless taken on a wildlife management area where turkeys are designated as bonus birds.

Each young sportsman 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. Youth 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single non-hunting adult, who is not required to have a license.

Tennessee’s regular spring turkey season is March 31-May 13, 2018. Learn more about Tennessee hunting regulations here.