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Basic Minnesota turkey hunting regulations

A tom turkey struts his stuff in a yard in Canosia Township near Duluth. Minnesota and Wisconsin spring wild turkey hunting seasons begin Wednesday and sessions run though May. Contributed photo

Legal firearms for turkey hunting are shotguns only, 20 gauge or larger, including muzzle-loading shotguns... Only fine shot size No. 4 and smaller diameter may be used… Red dot scopes and rangefinders are legal... Bows must have a pull of no less than 30 pounds at or before full draw... Legal shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset... The bag limit for the spring hunt is one wild turkey with a visible beard... The tag provided with the license must be punched with the date of the kill, and attached to the wild turkey immediately after taking the bird... The tag must remain attached to the bird during transit... Every person who takes a wild turkey must register the bird within 24 hours of taking the turkey either at a registration station (see mndnr.gov for locations) by phone or by Internet... The feathers, head, and feet must remain on the wild turkey until it is registered... Once registered turkeys may be transported with just a fully feathered attached wing, or an intact leg and foot.