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Best state for turkeys?

Old 06-16-2007, 05:27 PM
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Just wondering which state you guys think is best for turkeys. MM, NE, KS, and TX look to me like they're probably the top 4. What do you guys think?
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:29 PM
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Guess it all depends on what a person's definition of "Best" is and that one probably varies for each of us. If I had the time and money I'd hunt every state that I could as I love hunting turkeys.
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:39 PM
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Gotta agree with IronRanger dependshow you define 'best'. My definition is any state that I'm standing inthe woods at 5:30AM in themorningbetween Mid March and the end of May is the best state for turkey hunting...........

I'm blessed to have hunted several states in the past 4 years, and would love to try to getto as many of them as possiblebefore itstime to go.

On the factual side Missouri leads the country in harvest every year but TX, WI, PA, areup there in the top 5 as well.

Where do you hunt? Do you get a crack at them at your homestate IL?

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Old 06-17-2007, 01:52 AM
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Not that I would want everyone to come here or anything....but I do feel that WV is underrated. I called in 48 male birds this spring. Took 2 and one was over 24#. Next spring we should have the woods ringing w/2yr olds as there were lots of jakes this spring.

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Old 06-17-2007, 09:08 PM
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mississippi is terrible. nobody come hunt here.
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Old 06-17-2007, 10:09 PM
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From my experience I would have to say Missouri. Ive hunted my home state of Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and yes Mississippi. Missouri has had the biggest population Ive seen. Ive taken 2 trips to Mississippi (northern region) and 2 to Kentucky. Nothing compares to Missouri hunting... Just my opinion...
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:38 AM
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I live in missouri and it is great but if I had to choose one state, South Dakota or Wyoming would be my pick. Nothing beats hunting the merriams up in the hills.
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:49 AM
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North Mo, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Tex, and Iowa are all awfully good. When you used to hunting the South, all of these areas seem like turkey heaven.
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Old 06-18-2007, 11:22 AM
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I think that all the books say Missouri is the place to go. I am here in Texas and I don't have any problems finding birds, although this last season was a little tougher than previous.
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:49 PM
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I would think Texas hands down
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