Where to hunt Wild Turkey
Wild turkey is one of the great successes of hunting-funded conservation. A hundred years ago many conservationists believed the species can’t survive in the modern agricultural environment and is doomed for extinction. Now, with the eastern turkey range covers half of the country, and together with Osceola turkey in Florida, Rio Grande turkey on the Great Plains, Merriam’s turkey in the Rockies, and transplanted and hybrid populations in many other localities, there’s is some turkey hunting in just about every US state. In addition, you can hunt Gould’s and ocellated turkey in Mexico.
Turkey - Bush TV
The wild turkey is a favorite pursuit of many hunter's dreams. The wiley and elusive gobblers can test the most experienced and patient sportsmen. But in some cases their desire to mate and their bravado overpower their good senses. Check out this gang of gobblers taking out their frustrations on this hunter's Jake decoy!
You can find a wild turkey hunt for as low as $250-$300, but that would most likely be a fall hunt, often a semi-guided one. Spring season hunts in the USA are typically within $700-$1,000 range. Expect to pay $2,000-$3,000 for a more exotic species like Gould’s or ocellated turkey.
Tags, Licenses and Rules
Most wild turkey populations are numerous enough to allow over-the-counter tags, but occasionally a hunter might have to enter a draw. For some species and locations (most notably Gould’s turkey in Arizona) success is far from guaranteed. Rules and regulations vary, but the default sets: no rifles (shotguns and/or archery only), no dogs, no electronic calls, and no hunting over bait. Typically, only bearded birds (males and an occasional transgender female that wears a beard and may be easily confused) are legal in spring, and either-sex birds are legal in the fall.1 Feb 2018 One Shot, One Memorable Experience in Kansas Turkey Hunting with a Vintage Shotgun
When to hunt Wild Turkey?
There are two main seasons for turkey hunting. The spring season is the most attractive one for most hunters. It takes place during the mating season, and the hunter who is set on nothing but a big, old gobbler in full glory, and experience the ultimate turkey hunt, should schedule the hunt for spring. The spring season may start as early as first weeks of March and end as late as end of May, depending on the state, but most hunting opportunities take place in April and early May. The fall season may be longer, but it more about taking “any turkey” to fill the freezer than a big male tom for trophy.
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Calling is the key method of hunting in the spring. Hunters use a variety of sounds to convince a dominant gobbler that there’s a competing tom in the neighborhood, or a loose hen that needs to be added to the harem. Turkeys are very wary, and have an extraordinary keen eyesight and hearing, so advanced calling and camouflage skills are required to bring the bird within shotgun or bow range. Sometimes hunters do their calling from blinds erected in likely spots, or use “run and gun” technique to actively seek, locate and approach the bird. The fall season offers less variety. Hunters may ambush the turkeys at feeding areas or routes, stalk them, or scatter the flock and then call a bird in when they try to get back together again.
Why hunt Wild Turkey?
The “beard” - a special batch of feathers that gobblers grow across their lifespan, the spurs, and the “fan” - a turkey’s tail in spread position - are the material mementos of the turkey hunt, a.k.a. the trophy. Real turkey hunting affectionados cherish the “Grand Slam” - each of the four subspecies found in the USA - and those for whom there’s no hope go after the “Big Six”, a great challenge to collect all six subspecies found in North America. But every hunter knows that the real lure of the turkey is the rush of emotions when a big, old, experienced and wary tom bird, gobbling and strutting and fanning its tail, tall on his strong legs and with the big breast bubbled, is almost, but not quite in range.
Osceola Turkey Hunt (1-2 guns) United States
The Florida Osceola turkey hunt is one of the hardest hunts and turkeys to kill. We have some new land that has not been hunted on in several years and we cannot wait for the season to get here. Our guides are great turkey callers and know the area very well. Two of our guides are champion custom turkey call makers. We have over a dozen trail cameras running in the woods most of the time, so we can see where the big Turkeys are and to see what their patterns are. The Osceola Turkey (The Florida wild Turkey) is similar to the eastern but smaller, darker in color and are only found in the peninsula of Florida. $2450 per person $1450 for extra bird (this option may or may not be available) $750 per person for non-hunters $500 extra fee per person for bow hunters
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 20 Mar 2022 25 Apr 2022
Spring Rio Grande Turkey Hunt United States
The ranch offers Texas deer hunting packages for a variety of free ranging game including Whitetail deer. The ranch offers Texas deer hunting packages for a variety of free ranging game including Whitetail deer, Axis deer, Black Buck antelope, wild hogs and Rio Grande turkey. Texas deer hunting packages for super trophy animals is available in portions of the ranch under high fence including trophy whitetail deer and exotics such as Axis, Fallow, Blackbuck, Red stag, Ram (Aoudad, Corsican, Black Hawaiian, Barbados), Scimitar Horned Oryx, Gemsbok, Sika deer, wild boar and Others. There is significant game across both the low and high fence areas of the ranch providing excellent opportunities for every hunter. Turkey can be hunted as part of the fall and spring season. Go to Sutton County under North Texas for Hunting Seasons and bag limits at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. Turkey hunts may be semi and/or unguided 2 gobbler hunt - $1200. Additional gobbler added to hunt - $500 Ranch daily fee (includes lodging and kitchen, transportation on ranch, walk in cooler and access to rifle/bow blinds and feeders) 125$ per hunter and $50 Per non hunting guest. Optional meals $50 Meals and snacks per day per person. Guide Fee's: $100 per day per guided hunt includes skinning and quartering of game Minimum $500 cost per hunter regardless of trophy fee's
Trip duration: 1 - 3 days
Hunting season: 11 Mar 2022 1 May 2022
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