Turkey Hunting Nation

Alabama

A

Turkey Population 500,000

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Arizona

C

Turkey Population 36,000

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Arkansas

C

Turkey Population 90,000

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California

A

Turkey Population 240,000

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Colorado

B

Turkey Population 25,000

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Connecticut

B

Turkey Population 35,000

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Delaware

D

Turkey Population 4,000

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Florida

C

Turkey Population 100,000

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Georgia

B

Turkey Population 335,000

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Hawaii

B

Turkey Population (Population Unknown)

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Idaho

B

Turkey Population 30,000

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Illinois

C

Turkey Population 150,000

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Indiana

C

Turkey Population 130,000

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Iowa

B

Turkey Population 220,000

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Kansas

A

Turkey Population 300,000

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Kentucky

A

Turkey Population 220,000 Eastern

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Louisiana

D

Turkey Population 80,000

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Maine

B

Turkey Population 60,000

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Maryland

C

Turkey Population 30,000

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Massachusetts

C

Turkey Population 30,000

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Michigan

B

Turkey Population 200,000

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Minnesota

C

Turkey Population 75,000

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Mississippi

B

Turkey Population 240,000

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Missouri

B

Turkey Population 440,000

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Montana

B

Turkey Population 125,000

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Nebraska

A

Turkey Population 150,000

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Nevada

D

Turkey Population 2,000

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New Hampshire

A

Turkey Population 40,000

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New Jersey

C

Turkey Population 20,000

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New Mexico

B

Turkey Population 35,000

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New York

B

Turkey Population 250,000

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North Carolina

B

Turkey Population 260,000

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North Dakota

D

Turkey Population 20,000

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Ohio

B

Turkey Population 230,000

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Oklahoma

B

Turkey Population 112,250

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Oregon

B

Turkey Population 40,000

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Pennsylvania

B

Turkey Population 191,000

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Rhode Island

D

Turkey Population 3,000

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South Carolina

B

Turkey Population 125,000

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South Dakota

B

Turkey Population 100,000

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Tennessee

A

Turkey Population 310,000

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Texas

C

Turkey Population 500,000

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Utah

C

Turkey Population 20,000

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Vermont

B

Turkey Population 50,000

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Virginia

B

Turkey Population 155,000

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Washington

A

Turkey Population 40,000

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West Virginia

C

Turkey Population 140,000

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Wisconsin

A

Turkey Population 350,000

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Wyoming

B

Turkey Population 30,000

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The Turkey Hunting Nation grade was determined the old-fashioned way: subjectively. Our experts looked at turkey populations, hunter numbers, bag limits, the ease and cost of getting a license, the amount of public land available and other factors when evaluating each state.
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State Grade Population Subspecies Licenses Sold
Alabama
A
500,000 Eastern 58,000
Arizona
C
36,000 Merriam's and Gould's 5,200
Arkansas
C
90,000 Easterns 300,000 (estimated)
California
A
240,000 Rios, Merriam's and Easterns 40000
Colorado
B
25,000 Merriam's and Rio Grandes 15,000
Connecticut
B
35,000 Easterns 8615
Delaware
D
4,000 Easterns 2900
Florida
C
100,000 Osceola estimate; Easterns live in the Panhandle 73000
Georgia
B
335,000 Eastern 45000
Hawaii
B
(Population Unknown) Rio Grande Unavailable
Idaho
B
30,000 Merriam's; some Rios; hybrids 6000
Illinois
C
150,000 Easterns 55780
Indiana
C
130,000 Easterns 56,000 (estimated)
Iowa
B
220,000 Easterns 45159
Kansas
A
300,000 Eastern, Rios and hybrids 50,000 (estimated)
Kentucky
A
220,000 Eastern 87,000
Louisiana
D
80,000 Easterns 10,301
Maine
B
60,000 Easterns 12,750 (turkey permits)
Maryland
C
30,000 Easterns 9,500
Massachusetts
C
30,000 Easterns 85,000 (estimated)
Michigan
B
200,000 Easterns 100,000 (estimated)
Minnesota
C
75,000 Easterns 40,000
Mississippi
B
240,000 Easterns 40000
Missouri
B
440,000 Easterns 143000
Montana
B
125,000 Merriam's 25193
Nebraska
A
150,000 Merriam's and Hybrids 40,000 (estimated)
Nevada
D
2,000 Rio Grande 150
New Hampshire
A
40,000 Easterns 20,000 (estimated turkey permits)
New Jersey
C
20,000 Easterns 12,000 (estimated turkey permits)
New Mexico
B
35,000 Merriam's and a few Rio Grandes 14000
New York
B
250,000 Easterns 89000
North Carolina
B
260,000 Easterns 57,000
North Dakota
D
20,000 Merriam's 5,930
Ohio
B
230,000 Easterns 72,000
Oklahoma
B
112,250 Rio Grandes, Easterns, Hybrids and Merriam's 16,900
Oregon
B
40,000 Rio Grandes; some Merriam's and hybrids 13,000
Pennsylvania
B
191,000 Easterns 230,000
Rhode Island
D
3,000 Easterns 1,130 (turkey permits)
South Carolina
B
125,000 Easterns 41,000
South Dakota
B
100,000 Merriam's, Rio Grandes, Easterns 16,000
Tennessee
A
310,000 Easterns 120,000
Texas
C
500,000 Rios and Easterns 41,554
Utah
C
20,000 Merriam's and Rio Grandes (some Easterns; hybrids) 10,000
Vermont
B
50,000 Easterns 17,886
Virginia
B
155,000 Easterns 220,000
Washington
A
40,000 Merriam's, Rio Grandes and Easterns 20,000
West Virginia
C
140,000 Easterns 64,000
Wisconsin
A
350,000 Easterns 230,000 (estimated)
Wyoming
B
30,000 Merriam's, Rio Grande, hybrids of both 9,300

Alabama

A

Population: 500,000
Licenses: 58,000

Subspecies: Eastern

Arizona

C

Population: 36,000
Licenses: 5,200

Subspecies: Merriam's and Gould's

Arkansas

C

Population: 90,000
Licenses: 300,000 (estimated)

Subspecies: Easterns

California

A

Population: 240,000
Licenses: 40000

Subspecies: Rios, Merriam's and Easterns

Colorado

B

Population: 25,000
Licenses: 15,000

Subspecies: Merriam's and Rio Grandes

Connecticut

B

Population: 35,000
Licenses: 8615

Subspecies: Easterns

Delaware

D

Population: 4,000
Licenses: 2900

Subspecies: Easterns

Florida

C

Population: 100,000
Licenses: 73000

Subspecies: Osceola estimate; Easterns live in the Panhandle

Georgia

B

Population: 335,000
Licenses: 45000

Subspecies: Eastern

Hawaii

B

Population: (Population Unknown)
Licenses: Unavailable

Subspecies: Rio Grande

Idaho

B

Population: 30,000
Licenses: 6000

Subspecies: Merriam's; some Rios; hybrids

Illinois

C

Population: 150,000
Licenses: 55780

Subspecies: Easterns

Indiana

C

Population: 130,000
Licenses: 56,000 (estimated)

Subspecies: Easterns

Iowa

B

Population: 220,000
Licenses: 45159

Subspecies: Easterns

Kansas

A

Population: 300,000
Licenses: 50,000 (estimated)

Subspecies: Eastern, Rios and hybrids

Kentucky

A

Population: 220,000 Eastern
Licenses: 87,000

Louisiana

D

Population: 80,000
Licenses: 10,301

Subspecies: Easterns

Maine

B

Population: 60,000
Licenses: 12,750 (turkey permits)

Subspecies: Easterns

Maryland

C

Population: 30,000
Licenses: 9,500

Subspecies: Easterns

Massachusetts

C

Population: 30,000
Licenses: 85,000 (estimated)

Subspecies: Easterns

Michigan

B

Population: 200,000
Licenses: 100,000 (estimated)

Subspecies: Easterns

Minnesota

C

Population: 75,000
Licenses: 40,000

Subspecies: Easterns

Mississippi

B

Population: 240,000
Licenses: 40000

Subspecies: Easterns

Missouri

B

Population: 440,000
Licenses: 143000

Subspecies: Easterns

Montana

B

Population: 125,000
Licenses: 25193

Subspecies: Merriam's

Nebraska

A

Population: 150,000
Licenses: 40,000 (estimated)

Subspecies: Merriam's and Hybrids

Nevada

D

Population: 2,000
Licenses: 150

Subspecies: Rio Grande

New Hampshire

A

Population: 40,000
Licenses: 20,000 (estimated turkey permits)

Subspecies: Easterns

New Jersey

C

Population: 20,000
Licenses: 12,000 (estimated turkey permits)

Subspecies: Easterns

New Mexico

B

Population: 35,000
Licenses: 14000

Subspecies: Merriam's and a few Rio Grandes

New York

B

Population: 250,000
Licenses: 89000

Subspecies: Easterns

North Carolina

B

Population: 260,000
Licenses: 57,000

Subspecies: Easterns

North Dakota

D

Population: 20,000
Licenses: 5,930

Subspecies: Merriam's

Ohio

B

Population: 230,000
Licenses: 72,000

Subspecies: Easterns

Oklahoma

B

Population: 112,250
Licenses: 16,900

Subspecies: Rio Grandes, Easterns, Hybrids and Merriam's

Oregon

B

Population: 40,000
Licenses: 13,000

Subspecies: Rio Grandes; some Merriam's and hybrids

Pennsylvania

B

Population: 191,000
Licenses: 230,000

Subspecies: Easterns

Rhode Island

D

Population: 3,000
Licenses: 1,130 (turkey permits)

Subspecies: Easterns

South Carolina

B

Population: 125,000
Licenses: 41,000

Subspecies: Easterns

South Dakota

B

Population: 100,000
Licenses: 16,000

Subspecies: Merriam's, Rio Grandes, Easterns

Tennessee

A

Population: 310,000
Licenses: 120,000

Subspecies: Easterns

Texas

C

Population: 500,000
Licenses: 41,554

Subspecies: Rios and Easterns

Utah

C

Population: 20,000
Licenses: 10,000

Subspecies: Merriam's and Rio Grandes (some Easterns; hybrids)

Vermont

B

Population: 50,000
Licenses: 17,886

Subspecies: Easterns

Virginia

B

Population: 155,000
Licenses: 220,000

Subspecies: Easterns

Washington

A

Population: 40,000
Licenses: 20,000

Subspecies: Merriam's, Rio Grandes and Easterns

West Virginia

C

Population: 140,000
Licenses: 64,000

Subspecies: Easterns

Wisconsin

A

Population: 350,000
Licenses: 230,000 (estimated)

Subspecies: Easterns

Wyoming

B

Population: 30,000
Licenses: 9,300

Subspecies: Merriam's, Rio Grande, hybrids of both