For some people March means breaking out the shorts and flip flops, but for hardcore hunters like us, this month means breaking out the camo because it's spring turkey hunting time. You've done your research on the best turkey hunting tips and you've bought and patterned your turkey shotgun, so now it's time to find out the best places to hit. Here are your state-by-state forecasts for each of the lower 48:
Credit: Game & Fish
This year promises plenty of 2-year-old gobblers to hunt in the Cotton State, but an unusually low number of jakes. That's according to Steve Barnett, District V wildlife supervisor and the wild turkey project leader for Alabama's Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. He also provided other information about the Alabama's turkey flock and the best places to hunt on Alabama's public lands.
Weather wreaked havoc on last years spring turkey hunting. Many of us remember the very early and mild spring of 2012. Several hunters reported that they spotted hens with poults in late spring while turkey hunting! Mild weather most certainly was not the case in 2013. In fact, John and I had to rush our photo shoot of him and the turkey because one shower had just ended and another was about to begin.
The best spring Arizona turkey hunting is found in the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains at elevations between 5,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level. The biggest band of turkey habitat runs from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on the New Mexico border up through the lands of the White Mountain Apaches and the San Carlos, through the Tonto National Forest and the Coconino National Forest through Flagstaff and on up to the Kaibab Plateau. However, turkeys can be found in isolated pockets throughout the state.