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Turkey Hunting Forecast: Spring 2014

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Turkey Hunting Forecast: Spring 2014

Although winter continues its stranglehold on much of the country, spring is inevitable and turkey seasons are already beginning to open.
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Although winter continues its stranglehold on much of the country, spring is inevitable and turkey seasons are already beginning to open. So what can you expect this season? One of the best places to get a state-by-state forecast for the 2014 spring turkey hunting season is from the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). The guru of turkey information is Dr. James Earl Kennamer, the chief conservation officer for the NWTF who collects forecasts from biologists in each state every year. Several key states best reflect the turkey forecast for each region.

Here’s a snapshot of 10 big-time turkey states.

Northwest
Oregon (www.oregon.gov)
2013 Harvest: 3,878
Brood Rearing/Poult Production: An average 2012 spring made for good conditions for poult production. Oregon experienced the driest July on record, which translated into an abundant grasshopper crop for the turkey poults. A temperate 2013 fall helped too.
Hunting Forecast: A long winter may limit vehicle travel in the forests. Follow the snow line up as warmer weather moves into the region. It is unknown if heavy snowfall and cold winter have affected the turkey population.

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