After all of the seriousness of the fall big game seasons, it’s nice to come into spring with plans for a low-key turkey trip or two. This transition is somewhat like finally finishing Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and then opening up a book in the Choose Your Own Adventure children’s series.
Not that turkey hunting can’t be serious, it can. Just as the pea-brained birds can make even seasoned bowhunters look foolish by exercising their built-in, no-nonsense instincts that don’t give in a whit to curiosity.
That stated, turkey hunting is a somewhat more relaxing affair than whitetail or elk hunting, especially considering that sitting in a hub-style blind is far and away the best option for running an arrow through the softball-sized vitals of a gobbler. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, especially if you’re looking to expand your hunting opportunities beyond your home state, then there are plenty of options available.
Unlike many big game species, turkey licenses for nonresidents are relatively easy to come by and often inexpensive. Couple that with perfect-for-camping spring weather and there really isn’t a good reason to not cut out of work for a few days and load the blinds in the truck. Following are 10 states you should definitely consider if the lure of distant gobbling is too much to take.
- True to its western location and subsequent western-hunting regulations, Colorado’s turkey hunting regulations can be a bit difficult to understand at first. Fortunately, as you wade through the regs you’ll see that the state offers plenty of unlimited, over-the-counter tags to nonresidents, all for the reasonable fee of $104. Colorado is a sleeper state for turkeys, largely because most folks consider driving to the state only when they’ve got an elk or mule deer tag in their pockets. This is good news for the public land hunter looking to tag out on a Colorado gobbler, especially if that same hunter is interested in chasing turkeys through some of the most beautiful country available.