G&F Turkey Hunting Forecast for 2013
March 01, 2013
With springtime rapidly approaching, it can only mean one thing — turkey time is upon us.
In many ways, there's no time like the present to get a gobbler in your sights. As bird numbers continue to rise, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) reports there are an estimated 6.4 million wild turkeys spread out across the U.S. and Canada. Missouri, the top wild turkey producing state, had 58,421 birds taken last year alone. Alabama, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were not far behind, with 142,000 wild turkeys harvested between them.
That said, there's also been some major concerns heading into the 2013 spring turkey season. The biggest of those has got to be over the escalating tension between gun owners and the anti-gun constituencies as they push legislation that threatens our American hunting heritage.
Along with the current political climate, the NWTF also continues to monitor habitat, especially as it affects turkey populations. Despite a widespread U.S. drought, though, the NWTF is optimistic that 2013 will be a big year for turkey hunters.
Many states — like Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma — saw booming turkey numbers and outstanding harvest rates in 2012, which makes state officials enthusiastic about the prospects for 2013. There's no time like now to capitalize on the multitude of turkey hunting opportunities in a great number of areas around the country.
For all the latest, exclusive forecast information for your state in 2013, check out Game & Fish's official 2013 turkey hunting forecast in the gallery below. Click on the link to your state for exclusive state-by-state forecast information.