Spring Turkey Season Looks Promising


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

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.