Top 10 Best States For Spring Turkey Hunting

Opening day approaches.

Millions of turkey hunters will be heading to the field in attempt to harvest a long bearded tom. Whether you are one of those who spend endless hours scouting, talking to other hunters, and researching online for that perfect hunting spot, or you just prefer to let the dice roll, turkey season is something that we’ve been looking forward since deer season ended.

Not all states are created equal when it comes to turkey hunting.

Here are the top 10 turkey hunting states.

10. Nebraska

  • Turkey Population: 144,733
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 18,960
  • Season Dates: March 25 to May 31 Archery, April 15 to May 31 Shotgun

9. Texas

  • Turkey Population: Rio Grande – 500,000/ Eastern – 8,000/ Merriams – around 500
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 19,941
  • Season Dates: varies

8. Michigan

  • Turkey Population: 200,000
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 31,377
  • Season Dates: varies

7. Kansas

  • Turkey Population: Rio Grande -175,000/Eastern 87,500/ Hybrid – 87,500
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 31,400
  • Season Dates: April 3-11 Archery, April 12 to May 31 Regular

6. Tennessee

  • Turkey Population: 248,748
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 32,586
  • Season Dates: April 1 to May 14

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5. Wisconsin

  • Turkey Population: 350,000
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 37,804
  • Season Dates: April 19 to May 30 (varies by zone)

4. Alabama

  • Turkey Population: 400,000 to 450,000
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 40,600
  • Season Dates: varies

3. Pennsylvania

  • Turkey Population: 210,235
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 41,260
  • Season Dates: April 29 to May 31

2. Georgia 

  • Turkey Population: 335,000
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 44,106
  • Season Dates: March 25 – May 15

1. Missouri

  • Turkey Population: 317,000
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 47,603
  • Season Dates: April 18 to May 7

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