The youth wild turkey hunting season is April 20 and 21 on selected DNR properties. Youth hunters who will be younger than age 18 on the day of the hunt, may apply for reserved turkey hunts March 18-29.
Youth hunters or an adult representing them must register in person or by phone during the normal office hours for the property they wish to hunt. Hunters are allowed to register for only one property.
A limit will be placed on the number of youth hunters allowed to hunt a respective property each hunting day in an attempt to provide quality hunts for participants.
Participating fish & wildlife areas include Atterbury, Chinook, Crosley, Deer Creek, Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Goose Pond, Hillenbrand, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Roush Lake, Sugar Ridge, Tri-County, Wabashiki, Willow Slough and Winamac. Youth hunts are also being offered at Mississinewa Lake and Salamonie Lake.
Those wanting to sign up for Chinook or Wabashiki hunts may do so at Deer Creek FWA. Those wanting to sign up for Fairbanks Landing or Hillenbrand hunts may do so at Goose Pond FWA.
A drawing will be held on Monday, April 3, at properties where the number of registered hunters exceeds the spots available. A youth hunter may be drawn for either one or both hunt days, depending on the number of applicants. All applicants will be notified of drawing results by mail.
Applicants must possess a 2019 Youth Consolidated Hunting & Trapping License, a 2019 Non-Resident Youth Spring Turkey License with a gamebird habitat stamp privilege, or Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting License. Apprentice hunting licenses of the types named above also may be used.
To register a youth for one of the hunts, this information is needed:
- Hunter’s Name
- Type of license and license number
- Date(s) in which applying
- Mailing address
- Phone number
- Parent or guardian’s name, address and phone number
Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon at properties in the Central Time Zone, and one-half hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. on properties in the Eastern Time Zone.
Youth hunters who are selected for the hunt may check in at any time each day until the end of legal hunting hours for that property. Properties will not have a daily no-show drawing. Hunters interested in possible unfilled quotas at a property should call that property for more information before showing up.
During youth wild turkey season, hunters younger than age 18 on the day of the hunt can take a bearded or male wild turkey. The youth must be accompanied by someone age 18 or older.
The youth hunter may use any legal shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow. The adult accompanying the youth hunter must not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow while in the field. The accompanying adult must be licensed if they are assisting by calling or if the youth is using an apprentice license.
Here is contact information for the different properties:
Atterbury (812) 526-2051
Crosley (812) 346-5596
Deer Creek (765) 653-0453
Glendale (812) 644-7711
Goose Pond (812) 512-9185
Hovey Lake (812) 838-2927
Jasper-Pulaski (219) 843-4841
Kankakee (574) 896-3522
Kingsbury (219) 393-3612
LaSalle (219) 992-3019
Mississinewa (765) 473-6528
Pigeon River (260) 367-2164
Roush (260) 468-2165
Salamonie (260) 468-2125
Sugar Ridge (812) 789-2724
Tri-County (574) 834-4461
Winamac (574) 946-4422
Willow Slough (219) 285-2704
To purchase a Youth Consolidated or Turkey license go to INHuntFish.com.
For wild turkey hunting regulations go to eregulations.com/indiana/
For turkey hunting safety tips go to wildlife.IN.gov/2710.htm