Fall Archery Turkey Season

Season Dates

October 7 through November 10

  • Statewide except in areas where there is a closed firearm season on turkey

Youth and Apprentice Fall Turkey Hunting Weekend

Season Dates

October 21 and 22

  • Statewide in counties, cities, and areas with a fall turkey season.
  • Resident and nonresident youth hunters 15 years of age and under or holders of a valid apprentice hunting license, when in compliance with all applicable laws and licenses, may hunt when accompanied and directly supervised by an adult over the age of 18 who has a valid Virginia hunting license or is exempt from purchasing a hunting license. Nonresident youth of any age need to have the appropriate licenses (unless exempt from purchasing a license).
  • Hunting hours are from 1/2-hour before sunrise to 1/2-hour after sunset.
  • Bag limit is one turkey (either sex) per youth/apprentice hunter, per weekend.

Fall Firearms Turkey Seasons


In the counties of Accomack, Buchanan, Charles City, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, King George, Lancaster, Matthews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northampton, Northumberland, Prince George, Richmond, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Westmoreland, York (except on Camp Peary), and city of Suffolk.

In the county of Arlington and the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.

In the counties of Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Carroll, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dickenson, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fair- fax, Fauquier, Floyd, Fluvanna, Franklin, Frederick, Giles, Goochland, Grayson, Greensville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Henry, King and Queen, King William, Lee, Loudoun, Louisa, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Nelson, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince William, Pulaski, Rappahannock, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and on Camp Peary, and the cities of Hampton and Newport News.

In the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Greene, Highland, Madison, Orange, Page, Rockingham, and Warren.


Youth and Apprentice Spring Turkey Hunting Weekend

April 7 and 8

  • Statewide.
  • Resident and nonresident youth hunters 15 years of age and under or holders of a valid apprentice hunting license, when in compliance with all applicable laws and licenses, may hunt when accompanied and directly supervised by an adult over the age of 18 who has a valid Virginia hunting license or is exempt from purchasing a hunting license. Nonresident youth of any age need to have the appropriate licenses (unless exempt from purchasing a license).
  • Hunting hours are from 1/2-hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Bag limit is one turkey (bearded bird only) per youth/apprentice hunter, per weekend.
  • Turkeys harvested by youth or apprentice hunters count against their daily and season bag limit.
  • Adult hunters accompanying youth or apprentice turkey hunters:
    • do not need a deer/turkey license on this weekend.
    • may assist with calling.
    • shall not carry or discharge a weapon.
    • shall maintain close visual and verbal contact with, provide adequate direction to, and can immediately assume control of the firearm.

Spring Turkey Season

Bag Limit

One per day, bearded turkeys only. Hunters may take one, two, or three bearded turkeys depending on how many turkeys were taken in the fall season.

Season Dates

April 14 through May 6

  • Statewide
  • One-half hour before sunrise until 12 noon each day.

May 7 through 19

  • Statewide
  • One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

GET MORE INFORMATION FROM DGIF ON NEW REGULATIONS, BAG LIMITS, FIREARMS, ETC. 

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