Hunting Wild Turkey in Ontario

Hunting this species can be the most exciting and challenging fowl hunting available. Beginning in the spring, when male birds attempt to attract their mates with proud displays of strutting and calling, the challenge is the greatest. As a result, calling has become the preferred method for luring these birds, notorious for their awareness.

Wild turkeys are a relatively recent reintroduction into Ontario’s wildlife system. Conservations and wildlife experts work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers and the National Wild Turkey Federation to help the species integrate and thrive.

Measures of selective harvesting and hunter education have since proven fruitful: according to wildlife management experts, our provincial population of the wild turkey is now plentiful in the Southern Ontario region.


  • Conservation is still all-important with the wild turkey. Regulations have been put in place to ensure that their populations are respected, during the spring hunting season a two-bird limit applies. Separate turkey tags must be purchased for each, and each bird must be harvested on separate days.
  • To hunt wild turkey in Ontario, you require both a small game license and a special wild turkey license.
  • Get more information about wild turkey and the hunting opportunities for this species in Ontario.