Turkey hunting is wildly popular, with millions of hunters heading to the woods each year in pursuit of this wily game bird. But the sport of turkey hunting looks nothing like it did 40 years ago, and there are several factors which have contributed to this growth. Let’s take a look four of the primary reasons.
1.) There Are More Turkeys
In the 1970s there were an estimated 1.5 million wild turkeys in the United States. Today the estimate is more than 7 million. This is due in part to the hard work of state departments of natural resources.
2.) Turkeys Are More Accessible
With the increase in turkey numbers comes greater opportunity for more wild turkey hunting. Today, there are turkey hunting seasons in all of the 48 contiguous states plus Hawaii.
3.) Outdoor TV Has Grown the Sport
In the past 15 years, and explosion of outdoor television programming has put hunting in front of the eyes of millions of people.
4.) The Youth Connection
Because it’s easy to get into, it’s the perfect portal into hunting for youngsters. As soon as a child is able to confidently shoot a shotgun, that child can take to the woods with an adult mentor and have a realistic chance of shooting a turkey each time they go out.