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Turkey Hunting Nation Southeast Update

In the Southeast, as with some other regions of turkey country, flock populations are trending downward. Disease, habitat challenges, management variables and predator influences are all factors, including sadly, poaching. That said, there are some bright spots. Want to know where to go in the Southeast, get some insider intel...


Turkey Hunting in Wyoming

Wyoming turkey hunting surely feels like a big-game experience, if only for the rugged landscape you cover, and wildlife you might see along the way, in addition to the big birds you're chasing. I've visited the state numerous times, and if one thing is true, it's the unpredictable nature of...


Turkey Hunting in Oregon

From a statistical standpoint, the Beaver State wouldn't take top honors as a northwest turkey hotspot; however, with hunter success high in several regions and easy over-the-counter tag availability, it’s really about where you go to find success. Oregon offers a generous two-bird spring limit (plus a third bonus turkey...


Turkey Hunting in Montana

As a western turkey hunting destination, Montana has it all: solid bird numbers (120,000 turkeys by 2021 estimates), exceptional access and high hunter-success rates. Tags are offered on both a limited and over-the-counter basis, and up to two gobblers can be taken during the spring season (though it varies by...


Turkey Hunting in Idaho

Most of Idaho’s turkey population resides on public ground and can be hunted with an over-the-counter tag. Hunter success is also good, typically hovering around 50%. The downside: One of the drawbacks for the non-resident turkey hunter is Idaho’s location; unless you live in neighboring Washington, Oregon or Montana, getting...


Turkey Hunting in Washington

Washington has three turkey subspecies, exceptional public access, and a solid success rate. Though it's a bit expensive for non-residents to do so, it is possible to kill three spring turkeys with over-the-counter tags (check regional regulations). All this accounts for our "A" rating. And here's more . . ...


Turkey Hunting in Hawaii

Yes, Hawaii has turkey hunting. As wildlife management history goes, roughly 400 Texas Rio Grande turkeys were originally trapped and transferred to the Hawaiian islands back in the early 1960s. The birds did the rest of the work populating the region. Why go that far for such turkeys when you...


Turkey Hunting in Colorado

I've never hunted Colorado, but have flown there to chase turkeys in nearby Nebraska. There's surely a story between the lines there. In truth, Colorado turkey hunting is an opportunity to enjoy a Western experience chasing longbeards. For the most part, sources say getting a tag is easy if Merriam’s...


Turkey Hunting in Utah

As of this writing and according to the National Wild Turkey Federation, Utah has an estimated 10,350 Rio Grande turkeys, some 7,590 Merriam's and hybrids of the two subspecies totaling 5,060. Good news is the wild turkey population estimate is up 3,000 from last year. All in all, Utah is...


Turkey Hunting in Nevada

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Nevada? I guarantee it's not wild turkeys or turkey hunting. Then again, Super Slam candidates, turkey hunters who try to kill a bird in all 49 states open to our great tradition (Alaska has no season), might take...


Turkey Hunting in Louisiana

We love Louisiana for its people, lifestyle and culture. The state has a solid duck hunting tradition. But here at Realtree's Turkey Hunting Nation, we're talking about turkeys. And other factors keep the grade low in terms of wild turkey hunting. We try to keep it honest here, and the...


Turkey Hunting in New Mexico

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) indicates the New Mexico turkey population includes Merriam's, Rio Grande, Gould's and hybrids. So where should you go to find them? Most mountain ranges in New Mexico support healthy numbers of Merriam’s gobblers, which make up most of the turkey population, as indicated by...


Turkey Hunting in Arizona

Full disclosure: I've never turkey hunted Arizona. All of my understanding comes from talking with folks in the know, and digging into research data and websites. Although there is plenty of public ground to hunt wild turkeys in the Grand Canyon State — and some of the units do offer...


Turkey Hunting in California

To many, California seems anything but hunter-friendly. That's the perception. This is the reality . . . My California turkey hunt included a pleasant drive north along the Pacific coast from L.A. with some longtime turkey hunting buds. Our hunt, based in the Central Coast region, included both rugged terrain...


Turkey Hunting in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is a frequent destination for many traveling turkey hunters these days. I've visited and turkey hunted the state numerous times, filled tags on those trips, and thoroughly enjoyed the people, the place and the action it had to offer. There are reasons so many of us make the effort,...


Turkey Hunting in Texas

On the upside, Texas has one heckuva lot of turkeys. Current estimates are at half a million. That's right: 500,000 birds. On the downside, when it comes to hunting, Texas is a pay-to-hunt place. Or you have to have some well-earned connections, and visit as the guest of other like-minded...


Turkey Hunting in Virginia

Virginia has a great turkey hunting tradition, spring and fall. Why? Public land. That’s the real story when it comes to Virginia. Opportunity. Two things that spring immediately to mind regarding my Old Dominion hunts are plenty of gobbling turkeys to chase, and abundant morel mushrooms for picking when we...


Turkey Hunting in West Virginia

West Virginians love their turkey hunting, and there's a significant tradition here for it, spring and fall. That said, biologists and veteran hunters alike will tell you that West Virginia's turkey population is less than it was a little over a decade ago. Here's why. Poor poult production over this...


Turkey Hunting in North Carolina

As of this writing, North Carolina has a little over twice the estimated wild turkey numbers (260,000) as its southern cousin South Carolina (120,000). The state has a rich turkey hunting tradition. Good news is wild turkey numbers are steady after some challenging years. Recent information shows flock sightings have...


Turkey Hunting in South Carolina

Just over a decade or so ago, the Palmetto State probably would have pulled an “A” grade, but turkey populations have declined due to poor hatches over recent years. We're inclined to give the state a "B" for an outlook this season. Some additional recent history on regulation changes from...


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