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.
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.February 1, 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.
Hunting methods All hunting methods (11)
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? All hunts (66)
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.
Spring Turkey United States
Our preserve is a managed herd sitting on 1,000 acres in northwest Missouri. We encourage hunts on the land to not only reduce the growing population of the preserve, but to help introduce new genetics from our breeding program to increase the overall size of the trophies in the preserve. Primarily we hunt out of enclosed and elevated blinds over food sources. All Preserve hunts are fully guided
Trip duration: 3 days
Trip available on: 17 April 2020 7 May 2020
3 Day Spring Merriams Turkey Hunt '20 United States
Join us on one of our many leases to chase Merriam turkeys in the spring. The hunt includes accommodations and transportation during your hunt, with meals, trophy and meat care also included. Your hunt price is for one guide for two hunters, one on one hunts can be arranged in advance.
Trip duration: 3 days
Trip available on: 1 April 2020 20 May 2020
3 Day Eastern Turkey Hunt Semi Guide '20 United States
We provide some of the best turkey hunting in the nation with an excellent mix of Rio Grande, Merriam’s, Eastern, and Hybrid turkeys. We have 3 of the 4 species to complete your Grand Slam! Our river bottoms, agricultural land, and cedar bluffs provide a wide variety of hunting opportunities. Bows, crossbows, and shotguns are all legal to use to harvest these birds. Our season starts March 25th and runs to the end of May. Shotgun hunts start April 13th. We hunt from ground blinds as well as running and gunning with the use of decoys and calls. Our guides have extensive knowledge of the turkey flocks and their patters for our area. With the hunters abilities in mind, we work with each individual to maximize their experience. Our shot opportunities are currently at 100% for the past 3 years. No detail is overlooked here to ensure the best possible experience for each and every guest. We look forward to seeing you this spring! Meals and Lodging can be added
Trip duration: 3 days
Trip available on: 25 March 2020 1 May 2020
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