Pennsylvania Turkey Hunting Guides
Pennsylvania is home to the eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris), which can be found in every Pennsylvania county. The eastern wild turkey is the most widely distributed, abundant and hunted turkey subspecies of the five distinct subspecies found in the United States. It inhabits the eastern half of the country and is primarily found in the hardwood and mixed forests from New England and southern Canada to northern Florida and west to Texas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota. Click on the links below to learn more about wild turkey hunts in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Turkey Hunting News
|Pennsylvania Fall Turkey Season Opening Soon |
|The Pennsylvania Game Commission is expecting hunters to encounter a sizeable wild turkey population when they head afield for the fall turkey season. However, hunters will need to carefully review the fall turkey season dates, which are outlined on page 35 of the 2011-12 Digest, as date structures have changed from previous years|
|Pennsylvania Game Commission Supports Sunday Hunting |
|The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today approved a resolution to support repeal of the statutory prohibition on Sunday hunting. The vote on the resolution, which was proposed by Game Commissioner Jay Delaney Jr. and seconded by Game Commissioner Ralph A. Martone, was four in support, three opposed and one abstention. Those voting in support of the resolution were Game Commissioners Delaney, Martone, David J. Putnam and Robert W. Schlemmer. Those voting in opposition were Game Commissioners Thomas E. Boop, David W. Schreffler and Ronald A. Weaner. Game Commissioner Gregory J. Isabella abstained.|
|Pennsylvania Toughens Penalties Against Poachers |
|Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said, starting today, the Commonwealth has begun to reverse its reputation of being a state with minimal risks for chronic poachers as new penalties – including higher fines and possible jail time – go into effect. |
|NWTF Pennsylvania Board Member Buys Inaugural Elk Tag |
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sold! When the bidding frenzy finished, Pennsylvania National Wild Turkey Federation Board Member Jim Nyce, of Green Lane, Pa., had purchased the Pennsylvania Game Commission's inaugural conservation elk tag at the NWTF's National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., for $28,000.|
The NWTF's National Convention and Sport Show, Feb. 19 through Feb. 22, drew a record 43,000 sportsmen and women from throughout North America. As part of its Grand National Celebrity live auction, NWTF put up for bid the antlered elk license, which is valid for use in any management zone open for Pennsylvania's upcoming elk hunt, Nov. 2-7.
|Dress for Success - Fall Turkey Safety Tips |
|The best hunt is a SAFE hunt! Both novice and experienced sportsmen should continuously review basic safety practices. The fall turkey season requires different tactics and safety precautions from the spring gobbler season. Dressing right is the key to both safe and successful turkey hunting. While sitting still is most important, full camouflage helps hunters blend into the surroundings and elude the turkey's keen eyesight.|
|Access for Hunters with Disabilities Improves in Pennsylvania |
Sportsmen and women with disabilities now have improved access to more than 650 acres of public hunting land near Woodcock Dam in Crawford County, Pa., thanks to construction of a handicapped-accessible parking lot and a 520-foot access road leading to the property.
| Pennsylvania Judge Strikes Down Gun Control; |
A Pennsylvania judge last week struck down a Philadelphia City Council ban on so-called "assault weapons" and a second ordinance limiting handgun purchases to one a month. Read NSSF's statement on the ruling.
|NWTF’s Pa. Chapter Unveils Wild Turkey Strategic Plan |
The National Wild Turkey Federation’s dedicated volunteers and the Pennsylvania Game Commission worked together tirelessly to pull off the greatest conservation success story in history — the restoration of the wild turkey. What’s next for the wild turkey? The NWTF’s staff, grassroots volunteers, and agency partners have been working together to write the next chapter in the wild turkey success story — NWTF’s Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Strategic Plan. The plan will not only ensure the continued success of the wild turkey, but at the same time it will improve habitat for a multitude of wildlife and plant species, while also focusing on providing more opportunities and access for hunters. The plan is designed to help volunteers make informed decisions when spending their hard-earned Hunting Heritage Super Fund dollars to not only put them in the right places, but to make them go further with additional cooperator funds.
|Prescribed Burns in Spring Improve Wild Turkey Habitat |
Each spring, the National Wild Turkey Federation’s wildlife biologists hear the fears of concerned hunters who don't understand that prescribed burns in March and April -- months generally known as wild turkey nesting months -- are far more beneficial than harmful to wild turkey populations. However, the NWTF's wildlife biologists have research showing the years of improved nesting and brood habitat created by a growing season prescribed fire is far more important to the turkey population than the loss of a few nests.
|Two Northeasterners Win National Women's Award |
It's a tale of two women, hundreds of miles apart, yet they share a common goal: to introduce more women to traditional outdoors activities. Both Pennsylvania's Katrina Skrapits and Ohio's Cheryl LaRosa love the outdoors, mainly hunting, and they share their passions with hundreds of women each year.
Turkey Hunting Quotes
Patience and the willingness to keep your calls infrequent, quiet, and variable in their "pacing" are the keys to ultimate success in getting a fine bird.
- Naomi K. Shapiro