Predators & Small Game
Beat The Crowd
The tremendous rebound of the wild turkey population, nationwide, is the result of good work by various state wildlife agencies and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). The result is that today we enjoy excellent wild turkey populations and have turkey hunting in 49 of the 50 states. Another result is that many people have become devoted gobbler chasers. The downside is that there are lots of turkey hunters out there and the hunting can be quite competitive. The wise turkey hunter doesn't fight the crowd. To avoid hard-hunted, call-shy gobblers, avoid the most popular public lands, well-known counties or other publicized wild turkey hotspots. Remember, it only takes one hot gobbler to have a great hunt and low density turkey populations can offer quality hunting experiences. Wild turkeys are great wanderers and pioneers of new country. Concentrate on the "fringe" areas, adjacent to established turkey range but not yet well known. Get ahead of the crowd to enjoy undisturbed turkey hunting for undisturbed wild gobblers.