I’d just shot a handsome tom, probably 18 to 20 pounds in weight and sporting a 9½-inch beard. Then I moved maybe 75 yards farther into the several-acre stand of trees that was surrounded by fields, natural cut clay-red ditches and draws, and I set up again, hoping to fill my second tag. The time was 6 p.m.
No, I was not a game-law violator in New York state, where you can hunt for turkeys only until noon and can tag only one bird per day. This action occurred on Tuesday, April 10, near Elk City, Okla., where hunting from sunup until dark and taking more than one bearded bird per day are legal. In fact, according to the National Wild Turkey Federation, figures from 2009 indicate some 32 states allowed turkey hunting until sundown, and many states permit hunters to fill more than one tag in a day.