Wyoming Turkey Hunting Forecast for 2014

Wyoming turkey hunting in spring starts as early as April 1 in some parts of the state. As in other regions of the West, Wyoming has seen less than her share of precipitation lately. However, last year's turkey hatch was fair to very good in most of the state. For turkeys, the downside of drought is in sparse cover which opens nests and poults to predation.

Wyoming's turkey is the Merriam's and some of the best hunting can be found in the Black Hills, on National Forest land. Information specialist Al Langston with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department recommends the traveling hunter look at the Black Hills and the rest of that northeast corner of the state as well as the private lands surrounding the towns of Sheridan and Buffalo. "That can be very good if you get access," Langston said.

"Most of our people are forecasting a fair to very good hunt this year," Langston said.

Further south and east, the best bet, according to Langston is in the Laramie Peak area and the Medicine Bow mountains. These birds are primarily Merriam's.

Merriam's and Rio Grandes can be found on the eastern slopes of the Bighorn mountains. Rio Grandes make a living on the western side of the Bighorns, south and east of Cody and Powell in the Bighorn Basin. When scouting, look for stream bottoms with good riparian cover and old, established roost trees.

Hunter education is required for everyone born after Dec 31, 1965. Check the regulations for the season opener in each area. Most seasons close on May 20. One turkey is allowed per license and hunters can get up to three turkey licenses. If you don't get enough hunting in the spring, try again in the fall. For more information, visit wgfd.wyo.gov

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