The 2024 turkey hunting season begins Friday (March 29) for youth (17 or younger) and physically challenged hunters then opens for all April 6 in all three areas, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.

The youth/physically challenged opening runs from March 29-31. Physically challenged hunters are those wheelchair confined.

Turkey hunting in Area A runs from April 6-May 5, Area B from April 6-28 and Area C from April 6-21.

The Louisiana turkey harvest in 2023 was higher than average and, in fact, the second best since 2009. Turkey hunters took 2,833 birds in 2023, only down 13 from 2022 (2,846), based on tag validation data.

Turkey hunters are required to have a basic hunting license and wild turkey license, or an equivalent combination. A youth hunting license and turkey tags are required for those 17 or younger hunting turkey. To purchase a hunting license, go to

Prior to hunting turkey, all turkey hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain turkey tags. They must have the tags in their possession while hunting turkey, and immediately after harvesting a turkey, tag the turkey before moving it from where it was killed. Hunters must record required information for tagged turkeys and validate tags within 72 hours of harvesting a turkey. To obtain turkey tags and to validate tags online, go to

Many LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) offer turkey hunting during the season, including, but not limited to, Fort Johnson-Vernon, Fort Johnson North, Clear Creek, Bodcau, Big Lake and Tunica Hills WMAs. However, turkey season is closed on some WMAs, including Richard K. Yancey and Sherburne WMAs.

For a complete list of WMAs open to turkey hunting and more information on WMA turkey hunting, go to

All visitors to LDWF WMAs must have either a WMA Access Permit, Senior Hunting/Fishing License, Louisiana Sportsman’s Paradise License or Lifetime Hunting/Fishing License. Go to for more information.

For more information on turkey hunting in Louisiana, go to or contact LDWF Small Game/Wild Turkey Program Manager Cody Cedotal at