Turkey hunting enthusiasts cherish the “Grand Slam” – which is each of the four turkey subspecies found in the USA. Hunting and collecting the “Big Six” in North America, is an even greater challenge.
The real lure of hunting wild turkey is the rush of emotions when a big, experienced, wary tom bird, gobbling and strutting and fanning its tail is almost, but not quite in range.
TURKEY HUNTING METHODS
The key method of hunting in the spring is calling. Hunters use a variety of sounds to convince a dominant gobbler that there is a competing tom in the area, or a loose hen that needs to be added to the gaggle.
Turkeys are extremely wary and have keen eyesight and hearing, which is so advanced calling and camouflage skills are required to bring the bird within shotgun or bow range. Sometimes hunters do their calling from blinds erected in likely spots, or use “run and gun” technique to actively seek, locate and approach the bird.
The fall season offers less variety. Hunters may ambush the turkeys at feeding areas or routes, stalk them, or scatter the flock and then call a bird in when they try to get back together again.
WHEN TO HUNT WILD TURKEY IN TEXAS
There are two main seasons for turkey hunting. The spring season is the most attractive one for most hunters. It takes place during the mating season, and the hunter who is set on nothing but a big, old gobbler in full glory, and experience the ultimate turkey hunt, should schedule the hunt for spring. The spring season may start as early as first weeks of March and end as late as end of May, depending on the state, but most hunting opportunities take place in April and early May. The fall season may be longer, but it more about taking “any turkey” to fill the freezer than a big male tom for trophy.
WHAT IS THE COST TO HUNT TURKEY IN TEXAS?
You can find a wild turkey hunt in the fall for as low as $250-$300. Spring season hunts in the USA are typically within $700-$1,000 range. Expect to pay $2,000-$3,000 for a more exotic species like Gould’s or ocellated turkey.