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Nebraska listed as One of the Top Ten States for the Best Turkey Hunting

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Former tournament angler, hunting and fishing guide. Inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing "Hall of Fame" in 2017. Active member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), Past Executive Director (AGLOW). Howey has been an outdoor communicator since 1980 with his award winning syndicated "Of the Outdoors" columns appearing in magazine, newspapers, and tabloids throughout he upper Midwest and nationally.

March 24, 2016

Reprinted from the Outdoor Hub

In a recent study, Nebraska was listed as the 7th best state to  hunt turkeys, other states in the top ten were Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Alabama, Pennsylvania  and Wisconsin.

Not all states are equal when it comes to turkeys. How well does your hunting spot hold up to the rest of the country? In this list, we have compiled the top 10 states for turkey hunters in the United States. Since the list is judged by turkey populations, hunter success, and total harvest numbers, it is of course heavily skewed towards states with more birds. However, a huge turkey population is not the only factor that makes for a good hunt, and we also take into account the scenery, regulations, amount of public land, and the opinions of veteran hunters. Statistics are provided by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and come from 2014, the latest year with comprehensive data on turkey populations.


  • Turkey Population: 144,733
  • 2014 Harvest numbers: 18,960
  • Season Dates: March 25 to May 31 Archery, April 16 to May 31 ShotgunPic-Ben Loeckers Turkey

This state’s entry on the list may come as a surprise to some, but great hunting opportunities, scenic backdrops, and an early bow hunting season is what landed Nebraska here. The state may not have the largest bird population, but it more than makes up for that with atmosphere. Plus, growing turkey numbers means this state may soon be the next hot spot for turkey hunters.

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