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.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? All hunts (117)
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 Hunting 20 United States
We offer world-class private land turkey hunting in Okeechobee and Central Florida. We hunt on privately leased ranches and continually scout these properties to ensure we know exactly where the birds are. We hunt Osceola's on our southern ranches from March 3rd to April 8th and on our northern property from March 17h to April 22nd. Our turkey hunts have consistently provided a 100% shot opportunity, and we love accommodating our clients eager to finish off their Grand Slam! Additional birds and hunting days are available upon prior request. Decoys, professional calling and transportation around the property are all included!
Trip duration: 2 days
Hunting season: 17 Mar 2020 22 Apr 2020
Fall Turkey Hunt 19/20 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 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: 2 days
Hunting season: 1 Oct 2019 1 Jan 2020
Rio Grande Turkey & Hog Combo Hunt United States
This is a self-guided hunt with opportunity to harvest 2 gobblers and 2 hogs per hunter including 3 days of hunting and 3 nights of lodging (Friday noon to Sunday noon). Minimum 2 hunters/packages per booking.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 1 Apr 2020 14 May 2020
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