It’s been a tough year for everyone. Now’s the time to unwind, relax, and rediscover the things that brought beauty and relaxation into your life. You’re looking for an easy way to get things back to normal.
You’re looking to hunt.
You’ve hunted in Pennsylvania your whole life, at all the creeks and streams, through all the hills and woods which have become second nature to you, easy to describe, easy to see as you close your eyes.
And that’s probably why you’re looking up things like PA deer hunting season, or PA hunting season.
But I’m here to tell you that maybe you’ve forgotten something.
You might’ve just forgotten the best way to get back into the game.
I’m talking about the PA spring turkey season.
It’d be wise to take a second look at your calendar because from the 1st to the 31st of May, it’s Wild Turkey Season, and it’s the perfect opportunity for you to get back to the roots of hunting.
We’ve talked the talk, but where do we hunt?
First off, you’ll need to try and find out where wild turkeys roost and which branch they’re perching on to sleep for the night. In large forests, it’s easier said than done but it can be done, nonetheless.
A good way to start is by looking for excessive droppings under trees and wind feathers on the ground. Roost locations vary from ridgelines and over streams, to open timber and pine thickets.
Grab yourself a map and find points that overlook a valley with a few opposing ridges and points that you can hike to. Then just listen. Soon enough they’ll be gobbling and giving away their location.
No luck? Keep trying. Hike to a different ridge, call for them and listen.
While we’re on the subject of calling for wild turkeys, how about we go over the essentials you should have on you for this particular hunt?
PA Spring Turkey Season EssentialsFirearms
Let’s shoot straight here. The PA hunting seasons are strictly regulated by law, even more so when it comes to allowed weapons.
For the spring gobbler season, you can use manually-operated or semiautomatic shotguns that are limited to a three-shell capacity in the chamber and magazine combined. You’re also allowed to use muzzleloading shotguns, crossbows, and long, recurve and compound bows.
For a complete list of regulations, be sure to consult the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.
Obviously, you’re going to need to make turkey calls. It’s essential; there’s no way around it. Carrying 3-4 different diaphragm calls, a couple of different pan calls, along with a few different locator calls will get the job done just right.
Rubber boots. You want to stay dry, warm, and comfortable. That’s easier said than done in the spring. Imagine hunting for hours while your feet are wet. Get the boots.
A good Rangefinder will also help you more than you can ever imagine. Tracking will be infinitely easier if you can zoom in on your surroundings.
What comes after Wild Turkey Season?
Furbearer Hunting has no closed season. Outside of big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without the need to wear orange.
There’s also no closed season (except Sundays) and no limitations for Opossum, Striped Skunks, and Weasels.