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The latest news and information for turkey hunting in your neck of the woods and beyond.


State-by-State 2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Forecast
Posted on: 02/06/19
Attention turkey bums: Your job has become substantially more difficult. With great spring hunting opportunities available coast to coast from March through early June, you’ll probably have to pick and choose your adventures. For many folks, that means southern Florida Osceolas in early March—or, for the eager crowd, maybe Hawaiian Rio Grandes even earlier. Your choices expand as seasons for hard-gobbling Easterns open throughout the Southeast and Midwest. And then there’s that quick jaunt to Texas for loud-mouthed Rios — or maybe north to the prairies for last-chance Merriam’s...

Accomplishing the Turkey Grand Slam on a Budget

Jeff Budz of Florida has completed a Super Slam — killing a wild turkey in each of the 49 states. He also has several Grand Slams. He shares his insight on how to accomplish this realistic goal and explains the key to tagging all four birds without spending much money...

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New Hunters: Apply for Mentored Turkey Hunt in Northwest Ohio by March 15
Posted on: 03/08/19

Anyone interested in learning how to hunt wild turkey is invited to apply for a mentored hunt in northwest Ohio during the spring 2019 turkey season according to the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife. The application deadline is Friday, March 15 at 4 p.m. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must meet one the following requirements to participate in the hunt...

Oregon Youth: Apply by April 1 for Chance at Guided Spring Turkey Hunt near Medford
Posted on: 03/08/19

ODFW’s Access and Habitat Program and the C2 Ranch are offering 12 youth hunters the chance to hunt turkey on the ranch’s 9,500-acre property near Medford this spring. The deadline to apply is April 1 and winners will be drawn on April 2. Each winner will receive a one-day guided hunt. A parent or other adult can accompany the youth hunte. It is free to apply and free to hunt for the hunters who...

North Dakota 2019 OTC Spring Turkey Hunting Permits Available March 18
Posted on: 03/06/19

The 2019 spring wild turkey lottery has been held and individual results are available on the North Dakota GFD website. A total of 915 spring turkey licenses remain in nine units. These remaining licenses are issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 8 a.m. Central Time March 18. Hunters are allowed a maximum of two licenses for the spring season. Licenses remain in units...

Vermont Hunters with Disabilities Register for 2019 Mentored Turkey Hunt by March 9
Posted on: 03/06/19

he Vermont State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is partnering with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to host a mentored turkey hunting event on May 18 and 19 for hunters with disabilities, called Wheelin’ Sportsmen. Pre-registration is required by March 9, 2019. This event matches hunters with...

Start of Alabama 2019 Spring turkey Season Delayed in some Counties till March 23
Posted on: 03/05/19

Spring turkey season opens March 16 for most Alabama counties. However, the start of turkey season will be delayed for research purposes on these WMAs: Barbour, J.D. Martin-Skyline, Hollins, Oakmulgee, Lowndes, Choccolocco, and Perdido River. The delayed season will run March 23 to April 30, 2019. Bag Limit is...

Florida 2019 Spring Turkey Season Opens
Posted on: 03/05/19

Florida 2019 Spring Turkey Season South of State Road 70 opened March 2 and runs through April 7. The 2019 turkey hunting season North of State Road 70 opens March 16 and runs through April 21. Daily bag limit: 2 turkeys. Season and possession limit: 2 for all spring seasons. In Holmes County...

Illinois 2019 OTC Spring Wild Turkey Season Permits Available March 12
Posted on: 03/05/19

Illinois 2019 Spring Wild Turkey Season permits still available after the lottery drawings will be sold over the counter by DNR Direct license and permit vendors beginning on March 12. The 2019 spring turkey seasons are...

Missouri 2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Regs Includes Non-Toxic Shot for New Areas
Posted on: 03/05/19

As hunters head outdoors for spring turkey hunting in Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds them of season dates along with new nontoxic-shot requirements for 16 more conservation areas. Spring turkey hunting youth weekend will be April 6 and 7 with the regular spring season running April 15 through May 5. The16 new conservation areas are...

Texas Turkey Hunters Should See Lots of Gobblers when General Season Opens March 16
Posted on: 03/05/19

Texas hunters should have a good shot at a long beard this spring. New this season, hunters have the option of using pre-charged pneumatics (air guns) as legal means for harvesting Rio Grande turkeys in Texas. The spring season for Rio Grande turkey gets under way March 9-10 with a youth-only weekend in the South Zone, followed by a general season that runs March 16-April 28 and then...

Leftover Arkansas 2019 Turkey Hunt Permits Available Online March 12
Posted on: 02/28/19

If you didn’t draw an Arkansas wildlife management area turkey hunt permit during the regular drawing, there’s still a chance to get a spot to hunt some of Arkansas’s most popular WMAs. All leftover permits will be available at on a first-come, first-served online sale beginning 8 a.m., March 12. Each leftover permit requires a $5 processing fee. Each hunter may purchase...

CDFW Offering Drawings for 86 Spring Wild Turkey Hunts on Public, Private Land
Posted on: 02/22/19

California’s 2019 spring turkey season opens statewide March 30 and extends through May 5, and the California CDFW is offering 86 special hunts this year on public and private land to help hunters bag a tom. Young hunters have additional opportunities. Junior Hunting License holders can hunt March 23-24, the weekend before the general opener, and the two weeks after...

Florida 2019 Spring Turkey Season Opens March 2
Posted on: 02/20/19

Florida’s spring turkey season opens Saturday, March 2– April 7 on private lands south of State Road 70, making it one of the first spring turkey hunting opportunities in the country. North of State Road 70 the season runs March 16 – April 21. Youth turkey hunting weekend, Feb. 23 and 24. The spring season bag limit on WMA's is 2. On private lands, you may take...