Road-Tripping for Turkeys: Plan now for spring of 2013

Spring gobbler season is just around the corner. Well, OK, maybe it’s a long, wide, sweeping corner, since we’ve yet to even inch our way into winter. But if you’re a serious turkey hunter – and is there any other kind? – it’s never too early to start planning for the spring of 2013.

That’s especially true if you’re looking at any road trips next spring, maybe to tack on another species as you head toward the completion of your Grand Slam, or World Slam, or Royal Slam.

In fact, now’s the time you have to start planning if you’re 2013 turkey tripping includes states that have limited tag availability for nonresident hunters and application deadlines for seeking them.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular states for pursuing longbeards where application deadlines exist, as well as some other gobbler hot spots that draw scores of traveling turkey hunters each spring.


For pure, sometimes nail-biting adventure, nothing beats an across-the-border hunt for Gould’s or Ocellated turkeys. Mexico or Guatemala is where you have to go to complete your Royal or World slams, and Mexico also offers Rio Grande turkeys if you want to tack on the National Wild Turkey Federation’s “Mexican Slam.” These jaunts require lots of planning and preparation, and guided trips are the only way to go. The best place to start your research is through the NWTF website, including the popular message board, where you’re likely to connect with someone who has been there, done that. The NWTF’s “Turkey Country” magazine also lists several outfitters who guide Gould’s and Ocellated hunts.

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