Turkey Hunting

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Each spring the refuge offers turkey hunting on designated Tuesdays and Saturdays within the State season. Hunters can use any weapon approved for state turkey hunts. The refuge also offers a special one day youth turkey hunt.


Turkey hunters are chosen by lottery from applications received.

The 2021 Spring Turkey Hunt regulations and map is posted below, along with a table of important application dates. Applications open at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, February 23, at the recreation.gov website.

Please note that the turkey hunt has transitioned to an online application system located at www.recreation.gov. Applications will no longer be mailed. Hunters apply directly on the website or by calling the recreation.gov customer service number, 877-444-6777. Once you access the website, you will need to create an account and search for "Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Turkey Hunt". Instructions on the website will guide you through the application process.

Hunters are required to have a signed permit in hand when hunting or scouting on the refuge.

2021 Turkey Hunt Regulations and Map (419 KB PDF)

2021 Turkey Hunt Application Dates (71 KB PDF)