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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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Colorado Issues Emergency Closure for Part of Cherokee State WMA Due to Fire
Posted on: 09/17/19

The McNay Fire that started around noon Sunday has forced the emergency closure of the Lone Pine section on the Cherokee State Wildlife Area (SWA), Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Monday. The closure will have an affect on archery and muzzleloader deer hunters. The only access to the remaining open parcels, including the Roy Brown, on the lower unit is from County Road 80C. The 25,497-acre Cherokee SWA has...

Remaining North Dakota 2019 Fall Turkey Licenses Available Sept 25
Posted on: 09/17/19
The 2019 fall wild turkey lottery has been held and more than 1,000 licenses remain in nine units, according to the North Dakota GFD. Unsuccessful applicants will have a refund issued directly to their credit card. Beginning at 8 a.m. Central Time on Sept. 25, all remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters are allowed a maximum of five licenses for the fall season. Resident and nonresident hunters must...

Maryland Opens Additional Wildlife Management Areas for Hunting
Posted on: 09/16/19

The Maryland DNR announced two new public hunting opportunities in state WMAs. Browns Branch WMA in Queen Anne’s County and Popes Creek WMA in Charles County are now open to regulated hunting and trapping. Those interested in hunting the area must possess a free Central Region seasonal permit and make daily reservations. Hunting on the 1,172-acre Browns Branch WMA will be...

Connecticut 2019 Fall Archery Turkey Hunting Season Opens Sept 16
Posted on: 09/10/19

Connecticut’s 2019 fall archery turkey season opens on state and private land on September 16. Wild turkeys CANNOT be taken on Sunday anywhere in the state. Fall archery hunting season for deer and wild turkey goes to the end of December on private lands and state land bowhunting only areas, and to the end of January 2020 on private lands in Deer Management Zones 11 and 12. A Resident Game Bird Conservation Stamp is...

Illinois Special 2019 Deer, Turkey Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities
Posted on: 09/06/19

The Illinois DNR will host a three-day deer and turkey hunting opportunity for hunters with disabilities Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago County. A total of only 20 hunting blind sites will be available for the event this year due to ongoing work on the Rock Cut State Park Road Improvement Project, which will prevent the safe access to and use of an additional 20 blind sites normally open for the hunt. For the 2019 event, a total of...

Wisconsin 2019 Fall Hunting, Trapping Forecasts Available Online
Posted on: 09/06/19

Fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are getting underway, and a number of hunting and trapping forecasts are now available to help hunters and trappers prepare for their time in the outdoors. Forecasts for the following species can be found at the links below in portable document format [PDF] - each forecast is located on the corresponding species page for 2019 Fall Deer and Bear and...

Wisconsin 2019 Bonus Fall Turkey Harvest Authorizations On-Sale
Posted on: 08/23/19

Wisconsin 2019 fall turkey harvest authorizations went on sale Aug. 17. One turkey harvest authorization will be issued to each person purchasing a fall turkey license or conservation patron license, rather than being issued through a drawing. Hunters can choose the...

Alabama’s SOAs Offer Unique Hunting Opportunities
Posted on: 08/21/19

Registration for the various hunts on Alabama’s Special Opportunity Areas (SOAs) opened August 19, 2019. Registration for the SOA deer hunts runs from August 19 to September 13, 2019. Alabama’s SOA program is offered through the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). Other SOA hunt opportunities are...