In some parts of the nation, the start to turkey hunting season has been slow, with quiet birds and lack of activity frustrating hunters who prepare for and anticipate this time of year for months in advance. Cooler temperatures may be to blame for suppressing gobbler activity, but Mary Jo Casalena, Pennsylvania Game Commission wild turkey biologist, says warm weather and gobbler activity is on target in the Keystone State this season.
“Gobblers are in good condition this spring, despite the cold winter, because of abundant mast in most of the Commonwealth – excluding the southwest counties. That could mean those healthy males may just continue gobbling and looking for mates throughout the hunting season. That will make the coming season a very special time to be afield!”
Pennsylvania is widely known as a quality turkey hunting state by resident and out-of-state hunters alike. Wherever you hunt, be sure to check the state’s official guidelines before heading to the turkey woods this spring.
Photo by: Gary M. Stolz