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.
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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? All hunts (108)
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.
3 Day Semi Guided Turkey Hunt United States
.Maine turkey hunting has never been better! Over 20 years ago, the State of Maine reintroduced turkeys to the state. Every year we harvest many mature toms. In Maine, the bag limit for turkeys in the spring is 2 toms. This past Spring, 2018 Turkey Season, we had a 100% success rate. Every year for the past 8 years, we have maintained 100% shot opportunity. We use traditional box and slate calls, but also use modern mouth calls and electronic calls. We have all the equipment needed to make your hunt successful. Ground blinds, calls, decoys, and anything else needed, we have. Turkey hunting requires hunters to get up early. We leave the Lodge at 4:00 AM, and are hunting by 5:00 AM. Youth hunters are 25% discount with a paid adult at full price on any bear, deer, or turkey hunt 10% Military Discount
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 29 April 2020 1 June 2020
Turkey & Hog Day Combination Hunt United States
We hunt free ranging wild hogs on two miles of pristine bottomland along the Savannah River. Day hunters may harvest 2 hogs per day. Our day hunters average 1 shot per 3 days hunted. Hunters may harvest 1 turkey per day, and a maximum of 3 turkeys per season. Hunters can use an expert guide or they can try to outwit a turkey on their own at $550 per day.
Trip duration: 1 - 5 days
Hunting season: 20 March 2020 5 May 2020
Spring '20 Turkey - 1 gobbler included United States
The package includes 3 days fully guided with 1 gobbler included. Upgrade your hunt to a two-gobbler for $1300. Combination hunts available! Non-hunters are welcome at the cost of $250 per day
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 16 March 2020 28 April 2020
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