Turkey Hunting in Oklahoma

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  • 135,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Rio Grandes, Easterns, Hybrids and Merriam's

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 419,445

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • License $25/Permit $10

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • License $142/Permit $10

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

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, often coming from distant locations, to get down there when we can in spring.

Turkey hunting is a deep tradition in Oklahoma. It was one of the original states that started the Lt. Governor’s invitational turkey hunt.

To the west, the Black Kettle Wildlife Management Area has good Rio Grande turkey populations.

Some of the better public hot spots for the Eastern subspecies are Three Rivers, Honobia Creek and Pushmataha Wildlife Management Areas. 

Some Merriam's are even found in the state, especially in the Panhandle region.

Hybrids also roost statewide.

As the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife advises: "Managing wild turkeys in Oklahoma is a different proposition than it was only decades ago. Where once the sole objective was the restoration of wild turkey populations, today’s biologists are faced with new challenges, such as maintaining high carrying capacities by fine tuning habitat and harvest regulations. Modern distributions of the Eastern and Rio Grande subspecies are drastically different from pioneer days, with management philosophies, strategies and goals differing from one subspecies to the other."

For more on the state's wild turkey subspecies

And check your turkey online here.

Turkey Hunting in Oklahoma (Steve Hickoff photo)

Fun Fact: Oklahoma was home to turkey hunting pioneer and author Dwain Bland who passed away in 2005. He wrote the popular Turkey Hunter’s Digest, which is still considered one of the best how-to manuals for pursuing longbeards.

– Steve Hickoff

Oklahoma Turkey Hunting

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