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Game & Fish 2015 Turkey Forecast

by Game & Fish Online Staff   |  March 17th, 2015 0

After a long winter that probably left you with a wicked case of cabin fever, there’s no better feeling than the introduction of spring. Mostly because that means turkey hunters will be taking to the woods in full force, eager for their chance to bag a trophy tom. And when it comes to spring turkey hunting, anything goes.

With many of the 2015 turkey hunting seasons about to debut, it’s time to start making preparations, scouting areas, and planning your hunting strategy. Of course, things can change on a moments notice, with the weather being the most unpredictable factor in any hunt.

Thankfully for you we’ve put in much of the legwork for finding the hot spots in your state and compiled some of the most up to date information to help you fill those turkey tags this season instead of eating a bowl of tag soup.

Following is a look at some of the best turkey hunting spots in your state and what you can expect this year:

Alabama

As the frost lessens and the buds begin to pop, turkey hunters start dreaming of outwitting a Cotton State gobbler.

As the frost lessens and the buds begin to pop, turkey hunters start dreaming of outwitting a Cotton State gobbler.

Arkansas

Hunting turkeys in one part of Arkansas is not like chasing them in another. Here’s expert advice to help you no matter where you hunt.

Hunting turkeys in one part of Arkansas is not like chasing them in another. Here’s expert advice to help you no matter where you hunt.

California

Hunters who stick to it and put themselves in the right place at the right time should have a good chance to bag a gobbler in California this spring.

Hunters who stick to it and put themselves in the right place should have a good chance to bag a gobbler in California this spring.

Florida

Florida has one of the earliest turkey seasons available and is a required destination for a Grand Slam. Here are your best options for an Osceola.

Florida has one of the earliest turkey seasons available and is a required destination for a Grand Slam. Here are your best options for an Osceola.

Georgia

Brandon Johnson from Loganville killed this 19-pound gobbler at B.F. Grant WMA in 2014.

There are plenty of opportunities to bag a Peach State gobbler this season if you know where to look. Here’s what you can expect in 2015.

Kentucky

With spring approaching, hunters are thinking of yelps, clucks and gobbles. Here are the best areas to take a Bluegrass State bird.

With spring approaching, hunters are thinking of yelps, clucks and gobbles. Here are the best areas to take a Bluegrass State bird.

Illinois

This decoy has been successful at luring in longbeards on a number of occasions.

Find out where to get your trophy tom and what you can expect in Illinois this season.

Indiana

The author, pictured here, attempts to lure in a spring gobbler.

Here’s what you need to know about turkey hunting in the Hoosier state this season.

Iowa

Iowa hunters will likely encounter lots of jakes this spring due to excellent reproduction last year.

Iowa hunters will likely encounter lots of jakes this spring due to excellent reproduction last year.

Michigan

What impact did last winter’s severe weather have on our turkeys, and how will that affect this year’s hunting? Here are some answers.

What impact did last winter’s severe weather have on Michigan’s turkeys, and how will that affect this year’s hunting? Here are some answers.

Minnesota

What can North Star State gobbler chasers expect when they hit the woods and fields this spring? Here are some answers.

What can North Star State gobbler chasers expect when they hit the woods and fields this spring? Here are some answers.

Mississippi and Louisiana

With the spring gobbler season about to begin, hunters are gearing up to pursue wily old gobblers across both the Magnolia and Bayou states.

With the spring gobbler season about to begin, hunters are gearing up to pursue wily old gobblers across both the Magnolia and Bayou states.

Missouri

Nicholas Jeffries and his dad, Aaron Jeffries, of Jefferson City, enjoy Missouri's youth turkey season.

Here’s what you can expect when hunting turkeys in the Show Me State this season.

New York

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation says over 100,000 turkey hunters participate in the spring hunting season and 65,000 hunters take to the field each fall in pursuit of this great game bird.

With large numbers of turkey hunters taking to the woods this spring, finding a productive hunting spot is all the more important. Here’s where to find them in New York.

New England

Turkey numbers are at an all-time high in most of the region.

Turkey numbers are at an all-time high in most of New England. Here’s where to find them.

North Carolina

Where are the best places to go to have the best chance to hear a gobbler and lure him within shotgun range in North Carolina? Find out with the 2015 forecast.

Where are the best places to go to have the best chance to lure a gobbler within shotgun range in North Carolina? Find out with the 2015 forecast.

Ohio

Gobbler numbers are steady across Ohio compared to last year, while jake and jenny populations are down due to last spring’s wet weather.

Gobbler numbers are steady across Ohio compared to last year, while jake and jenny populations are down due to last spring’s wet weather. Here’s where to find them in Ohio.

Oklahoma

What can Sooner State gobbler chasers expect when they hit the woods and fields this season? Here are some answers.

What can Sooner State gobbler chasers expect when they hit the woods and fields this season? Here are some answers.

Pennsylvania

There is some concern about turkey population in Pennsylvania, but there's still plenty of opportunity if you're willing to put in the work. Find out where to go for a trophy tom in Pennsylvania this spring.

There is some concern about turkey population in Pennsylvania, but there’s still plenty of opportunity if you’re willing to put in the work. Find out where to go for a trophy tom in Pennsylvania this spring.

South Carolina

The recruitment in 2012 and 2013 was down and that had a direct and dramatic impact on our statewide turkey harvest in 2014, and indications are that poor recruitment in recent years will also negatively impact the 2015 season.

Indications point to a poor recruitment in recent years that will negatively impact the 2015 season. But there are still toms in South Carolina for the dedicated turkey hunter. Here’s where to find them.

Tennessee

As leaves start to green and flowers begin to bloom, Volunteer State turkeys get fired up for mating season. Here’s where to find them.

As leaves start to green and flowers begin to bloom, Volunteer State turkeys get fired up for mating season. Here’s where to find them.

Texas

Charles Brookhouser of Van Vleck successfully called in this gobbler, although from all the missing tail feathers it appears the tom had participated in more than one battle for a hen’s affection.

You’ll be facing tough, battle-tested toms if you turkey hunt in Texas this season. Find out where your chances will be the best.

Virginia

Find out where your chances at filling a spring turkey tag are best in Virginia.

Find out where your chances at filling a spring turkey tag are best in Virginia.

Washington and Oregon

The author dropped this April Merriam’s in Washington’s Teanaway.

Find out where your chances to drop a trophy tom like this April Merriam’s are in Washington and Oregon this year.

West Virginia

Taking a wild turkey in West Virginia, which is pretty much covered with mountains, requires an understanding of a game that is quite different from other areas.

Taking a wild turkey in West Virginia, which is pretty much covered with mountains, requires an understanding of a game that is quite different from other areas.

Wisconsin

Proud turkey hunter Brad Karstaedt shot his first tom in Racine County last spring.

Wisconsin’s 2015 turkey outlook is looking promising for those seeking a trophy tom, no matter what your turkey hunting experience may be.

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