Turkey Hunting in Canada

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Turkey Hunting in Canada

Posted 2016-03-22T08:48:00Z

Turkey Hunting in Canada

Canada is known for a number of things. Ice hockey. Maple syrup. Moose and caribou.

Wild turkeys, too.

Thanks to wildlife restoration, and the amazing capacity of the bird to move into new habitats, Canadian turkey hunting is offered in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba (residents only), Ontario and Quebec (also residents only).

You'll find them in other provinces, but can't hunt them there - not yet. Read on . . .

Turkey hunting in Canada. (Shutterstock, Jeffrey B. Banke/Tommaso Lizzul)


In the United States, wild turkeys are sometimes classified as big game; sometimes small game, state depending. In B.C., wild turkey regulations list them as upland birds. This includes the other gallinaceous species, such as grouse, partridge, ptarmigan, pheasant, and quail.

Go here to read more on wild turkey hunting in British Columbia.


Merriam's wild turkeys are found in Alberta and can be hunted there. It's done by a draw. After successfully killing one, tagging requirements, specifically the required location(s) for placing it, might seem unusual to some visiting hunters from the states.

Go here for specific Alberta turkey hunting regulations.


Again, the downside is "nonresidents and foreign residents" can't hunt Manitoba wild turkeys.

On the upside, you turkey hunters north of the U.S. border can.


No matter your turkey hunting experience, veteran or beginner, you'll need to take a test (and pass it) to hunt Ontario wild turkeys.

Go here for Ontario turkey hunting regulations.


As with Manitoba, nonresidents can't hunt Quebec wild turkeys.

Residents can go here for more information.

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