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Cheapest Non-resident Spring Gobbler tag
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Contributors to this thread:
Rut Nut 16-Mar-20
stick n string 16-Mar-20
Brotsky 16-Mar-20
wytex 16-Mar-20
Rut Nut 16-Mar-20
Buskill 16-Mar-20
Fields 16-Mar-20
Rut Nut 16-Mar-20
Fields 16-Mar-20
Quinn @work 16-Mar-20
Jeff Holchin 16-Mar-20
Huntcell 16-Mar-20
Teeton 17-Mar-20
Rut Nut 17-Mar-20
Candor 17-Mar-20
'Ike' 17-Mar-20
Rut Nut 17-Mar-20
Jeff Holchin 17-Mar-20
Rut Nut 17-Mar-20
Tennhunter 17-Mar-20
Jeff Holchin 18-Mar-20
Rut Nut 18-Mar-20
Mule Power 18-Mar-20
From: Rut Nut
16-Mar-20
With all this Corona Virus craziness it got me thinking about taking a week off and going out of state for a Spring Gobbler hunt. PA Season is 7 weeks away, so it would have to be a state that is open now or soon. Also would be a plus with lots of public ground where you could camp for a nominal fee. ANy ideas? Have never checked into out of state Spring Gobbler hunts so I am at a loss...………………………………….

16-Mar-20
I’m actually mildly interested in this as well.....Following along

From: Brotsky
16-Mar-20
Nebraska

From: wytex
16-Mar-20
Wyoming is $74 for NR I believe and Nebraska is $109. You can find birds in NE on public land and access to private is usually not hard to find near the smaller towns. Wyoming has birds on public as well in eastern half of the state.

From: Rut Nut
16-Mar-20
Thanks guys- I should have specified...……………………………………..East Coast preferably. I don't really want to get on a plane. I'd be driving from PA.

From: Buskill
16-Mar-20
Va opens 4/11.

From: Fields
16-Mar-20
imo, I don't believe any state is very high priced for turkeys..... Anything around us though only opens in 6-8 weeks. I'd guess going west would open sooner...Im hoping they all don't get cancelled.. My son just told me PA trout fishing has been drastically altered... time will tell

From: Rut Nut
16-Mar-20
Yeah, from what I can tell the only state within a 10 hr drive or so is Tenn. Opens 4/4

I remember hearing of Spring Gobbler Hunting in March, but that appears to be way South in Alabama/Georgia

From: Fields
16-Mar-20
I meant south, not west...... not sure why I typed that...

From: Quinn @work
16-Mar-20
Nebraska opens March 25. Looks like I'll have a lot of time to go this year.

16-Mar-20
Coming from PA, I recommend you try Ohio where the turkey population seems pretty good this year. And since their license year begins on 3/1, you can use the license to hunt deer and fall turkeys later in the year, so it’s a really good deal.

You might also consider SC, where the Sumpter NF offers good turkey hunting in the piedmont and mountains up near Clemson. I’ve killed a bunch of turkeys there when I was a SC resident and the season limit was 5. Limit had since been reduced.

My son will be hunting the GA opener this coming weekend, lots of public land there and good turkey population.

From: Huntcell
16-Mar-20
“”” I don't believe any state is very high priced for turkeys..... “”””

Iowa trophy turkey license price after the permit , license and habitat fee your up to $265 :::::...

And u can garner preference points at $60 a pop.

Good to see Iowa at the forefront of NR fees

From: Teeton
17-Mar-20
Well now that the P&Y convention is cancelled, looks like I'll have some time and extra $$ that I would of spent on the convention.

So now I'm thinking a out of state hunt myself. Thinking of Catskills area of Ny or floating down the Delaware river in the kayak listening for birds on the Nj side, but not even sure I can get a tag for Nj this late. will look into that. Only an idea right now. Ed

From: Rut Nut
17-Mar-20
Thanks for the info Jeff. I started looking at South Carolina, then I remembered they don't recognize my concealed carry permit, so that's a deal breaker for me. (So NY and NJ are out too)

I was also looking for a state that started in the next 3 weeks or so. Right now looking at Tenn. and Virginia. If I am reading the regs correctly, Tenn starts on 4/4 and has a 4 bird limit(1/day) AND you can hunt all day. Little bit more $$ at about $240 for non-res Virginia opens 4/11 and has a 3 bird limit(1/day) hunting til noon and $197 for non-res

Will check Kentucky and N.C. next......………...

From: Candor
17-Mar-20
Our turkey population in SC has gone down dramatically in the past few years. We used to have a 5 bird season. It used to open like the third week in March. Now it opens April 1 (in the Upstate). Now residents can only kill one bird in the first 10 days and only 3 birds the entire season. They have tightened the restrictions considerably because of the decline in birds. Good hunting can still be had on public land but it is the exception now rather than the norm. Unfortunately our state runs game laws with the legislature rather than through the biologists of the DNR. So we (the state of SC) manage reactively rather than proactively. It is really, and this goes beyond turkeys, an example of how not to manage resources.

From: 'Ike'
17-Mar-20
Don't you have to draw the WY tag?

From: Rut Nut
17-Mar-20
That doesn't sound good Candor...………………………………….

17-Mar-20
Living in NC now, I can say that the opener is 4/11 and the turkey population is growing! Yesterday While driving around, I must have seen 15 gobblers total at various locations. I live near the western mountains with plenty of NF and game lands to hunt. Good fishing too.

Thanks for the update Candor, I moved away from SC in 2005 and enjoyed very good turkey hunting in over a decade of living there.

From: Rut Nut
17-Mar-20
Thanks Jeff- just checked and looks like I could get a 10 day non-resident license for $96 with game land permit. And opening day is my birthday. ;-) So the Tarheel State is looking good!

From: Tennhunter
17-Mar-20
I live on the Tn and Va border and have farms in both, great turkey hunting would love to one day get all sub species of turkeys, with that said would love to find someone wanting to kill an eastern who would in return invite me out to kill one of the other sub species, flights are pretty cheap right now so why not.

18-Mar-20
Let me know if I can help if/when you come to NC, Rut Nut. I am a PA native and had a hunting camp in Tionesta for 10 wonderful years.

From: Rut Nut
18-Mar-20
Thanks Jeff! Will do!

From: Mule Power
18-Mar-20

Mule Power's Link
Anywhere along the Niobrara River in Nebraska. You could look into the link.

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