There’s never been a better time to be a turkey hunter. Populations are booming throughout much of their historic range. And thanks to efforts by the National Wild Turkey Federation and other conservation groups, turkeys are once again abundant in places they were extirpated a century ago. Even much of New England and parts of Canada have thriving wild turkey populations.
Throw a dart at a map and you’ve likely hit a turkey hunting bull’s-eye. Some states are clearly better than others, of course, and we’ve listed the 20 best turkey states in the country. Don’t be concerned if your state isn’t listed, though. Unless you live in Alaska, you’ve probably got a few turkeys closer than you think.
- Alabama may have fumbled a chance at the BCS National Championship last year, but the state’s turkey hunters certainly didn’t drop the ball. They scored 47,800 birds last year, the highest harvest number in the country. With an estimated 400,000 birds, the state also has one of the highest turkey populations in the country, too. Alabama also has the most liberal bag limits. Hunters are allowed five birds per year. Public hunting areas are abundant throughout the state. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources