Friday, June 2nd, 2023
Friday, June 2nd, 2023

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Turkey timing: Early seasons are filled with challenges, opportunities

This spring will be Carpenter’s 30th of hunting wild turkeys across the Midwest and Great Plains state. He says each stage of the spring turkey season brings changes in turkey behavior – and other factors affecting the hunt. (Photos courtesy of Tom Carpenter)
At the hunting season's start, wild turkeys are doing about the same thing no matter the weather in Minnesota: roosting, surviving, eating, breeding. Photoperiod (daylight length) drives the mating urge in male birds, and photoperiod doesn’t change. I’ve shot turkeys during storms that piled more snow on top of the 18 inches already on the ground. If you plan on hunting seasons A or B in April, here are a few strategies for approaching the hunt, and tips to employ.
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