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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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Applications Open June 1 for Colorado 2019 Fall Archery Turkey Hunt at U.S. Air Force Academy
Posted on: 05/24/19

The public is invited to enter a Colorado lottery for a license to hunt turkey, using archery equipment only, in the fall season at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). The hunt is offered in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Anyone interested must sign up between June 1 and July 31 through the USAFA iSportsman site and pay a...

California Lead-Free Hunting Takes Effect Statewide July 1
Posted on: 05/14/19

The California DFW wants to remind hunters that beginning July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California. California will become the first state in the nation to require nonlead ammunition for all firearms-related hunting. CDFW strongly recommends that hunters acquire and practice with nonlead ammunition well before heading afield, particularly in advance of upcoming...

Maine 2019 Regular Spring Turkey Hunting Opens May 29
Posted on: 04/26/19

Maine 2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Opens with YOUTH April 27, followed by the REGULAR season April 29 through June 1. Bag limit is two bearded turkeys per season, but the second bird must come from a wildlife management district with a two-bird limit. Zones 1 through 6 and 8 have a one-bird limit. Zones 7 and 9 through 29 have a two-bird limit. In the overall outlook...

Ohio Hunters Harvest Nearly 3,000 Wild Turkeys on Opening Day of 2019
Posted on: 04/26/19

Ohio hunters in the south zone checked 2,965 wild turkeys on the first day of the spring wild turkey hunting season, April 22, 2019. Ohio’s spring wild turkey season is divided into two zones: a south zone, which is open from Monday, April 22 to Sunday, May 19, and a northeast zone, which is open from Monday, April 29 to Sunday, May 26. Hunters are required to...

Arizona 2019 Spring Turkey Season Opens -- Outlook Good
Posted on: 04/22/19

Arizona 2019 spring turkey hunting season opened April 19 through 25, May 10 through 23. First hunt: April 26 through May 2 and May 10 through 23; second hunt: May 3 through May 23. Archery-only: May 10 through 23 (in limited units, this is an over-the-counter tag). The annual bag limit is one turkey. There should be good numbers of...

Kentucky Opens New Areas for Public Hunting in Owen County
Posted on: 04/22/19

The John A. Kleber Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Kentucky recently expanded by 378 acres in Owen County. The new area is now open for turkey hunting. The Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program recently concluded a stream restoration on Minors Creek, a tributary of Elm Fork that flows through...

Vermont 2019 Regular Spring Turkey Hunting Opens May 1st
Posted on: 04/22/19

Vermont 2019 spring turkey hunting opens with Youth Hunting April 27-28 followed by the Regular Season May 1 through May 31. Bag limit is two bearded turkeys. A person taking turkey shall within 48 hours report the taking. Birds will probably be more active in farmland and fields due to the lack of nuts and seeds in the woods, so hunters should plan...

Massachusetts 2019 Spring Turkey Hunting Opens April 29
Posted on: 04/17/19

The 2019 Massachusetts spring turkey hunting season opens on April 29 and runs through May 25. The 2019 Youth Turkey Hunt is April 27. Bag limit is two bearded birds per spring, one per day. During the spring season, hunting hours begin ½ hour before sunrise and end at noon. Get ready for the start of season by reviewing regulations and...