Top 5 May Turkey Hunting States

By author of Turkey Blog with Steve Hickoff

It Ain't Over Till It's Over

Southern turkey hunters get an early start on the rest of the country, often beginning their spring season in March.

Up north, chances are snow still covers the ground. Gobbler chasing often doesn't begin until late April or early May. In other parts of the country, it starts early enough, but keeps going, and going, and going . . .

We love that. 

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1 | Maine

Look, let's be honest, you probably don't think of Maine when the words turkey hunting come to mind. Lobster, yes. Moose, for sure.

Fact is though, the Pine Tree State offers up some of the best spring gobbler chasing in the country.

Last day: June 2, 2018.

(Photo credit: John Hafner)

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2 | Nebraska

Nebraska turkey hunting can include April spring snow and warm late-season May days.

Merriam's. Rio Grandes. Easterns. Hybrids.

Last day: May 31, 2018.

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3 | Wisconsin

As with Nebraska, Wisconsin turkey hunting might sometimes include snow; sometimes sun; sometimes a mix of sun and snow.

It's arguably not only one of the top May turkey hunting states, but one of the best in the country. Just ask Realtree.com waterfowl editor Brian Lovett (a hardcore wild turkey hunter, too).

Last day: May 29, 2018.

(Photo credit: Bruce MacQueen/Shutterstock)

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4 | Kansas

Kansas gets hunted hard, early and often. Depending on where you plant your turkey seat, mature gobblers may be scarce; or plentiful.

Some authorities limit mention to Rios, Easterns and hybrids. You'll find all of them here. Then again, some Sunflower State hunters will tell you they've taken a white-tipped tail fan before. Merriam's wander too.

Last day: May 31, 2018.

(Photo credit: Russell Graves)

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5 | Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania turkey hunters are among the most serious in the country. 

As a result, Keystone State spring gobblers feel some pressure, especially early on.

Important dates: April 21, 2018 youth hunt and April 28, 2018 statewide season opener.

Legal shooting is one-half hour before sunrise until noon; but only until mid-May. 

From May 14, 2018 until the end, hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. Fewer hunters. Leisurely naps in the woods. Nesting hens. Roaming gobblers.

Last day: May 31, 2018.

(Photo credit: Bruce MacQueen/Shutterstock)

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